The Dick Van Dyke Show was, and still is, a wonderful and entertaining sitcom that ran from 1961 to 1966. Starring Dick Van Dyke (duh) and Mary Tyler Moore, along with a handful of talented entertainers, the show revolved around a writer and his misadventures both at home and at the office.
The Dick Van Dyke show was one of my go-to shows on Netflix, especially when I wanted to binge-watch something as background noise while I worked on my writing. I was disappointed when very recently I learned that the show was pulled from the video game console port of Netflix.
Van Dyke’s character was a television comedy writer who drew his inspiration from his beloved but goofy family and friends. I had always enjoyed watching my favorite episodes over and over again, not only for the good, clean comedy, but also for the aspects of a writer’s life. From writing a television script to trying his own hand at a novel, Van Dyke’s character shares the struggles that many of us writers face on a daily basis.
With those struggles, however, came the lesson to smile and laugh through the hardships, to persevere and charge on through, and to always remember the wonderful support you have from your family, friends, and fellow writers.
Who’s your favorite fictional writer?