The trick to writing The Simpsons

No one’s written more episodes of The Simpsons than John Swartzwelder.  

He’s written 59 of them.  

His secret?  

“Since writing is very hard and rewriting is comparatively easy and rather fun, I always write my scripts all the through as fast as I can, the first day, if possible, putting in crap jokes and pattern dialogue – ‘Homer, I don’t want you to do that.’ ‘Then I won’t do it.’  

Then the next day, when I get up, the script’s been written. It’s lousy, but it’s a script. The hard part is done.  

It’s like a crappy little elf has snuck into my office and badly done all my work for me, and then left with a tip of his crappy hat.  

All I have to do from that point on is fix it.  

So I’ve taken a very hard job, writing, and turned it into an easy one, rewriting, overnight.”

Learn more of John’s secrets here.