THR Illustration; images: Adobe Stock, Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images. When the Writers Guild of America went on strike May 2, the early days of the work stoppage saw scribes channel their creativity into picket signs that reflected their rage over such issues as AI and fair pay as their union went head to head with the studios and streamers that comprise the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. As the strike hits day 100 on Aug. 9, however, many writers have turned to new creative outlets that don't violate the WGA 's rules of working on AMPTP-backed films and TV shows. While some struggle to write without external deadlines or after the picket line grind, others say they are content to remain busy making up for lost time with family. The last strike, in 2007, lasted 99 days. This time, the studios and streamers were 90-odd days into the walkout before both sides agreed to even talk abouttalking again. So with no clear end in sight, The Hollywood Reporter polled writers to find out how they're staying creative after pounding the pavement in the mornings. Zack Bornstein ( Shrinking ) The strike is my priority No. 1, but outside the pickets and my work as a WGA captain, I've been able to use the extra time to pitch a book, perform more stand up, go to the dentist and do absurd amounts of research for a biopic I've wanted to write but always felt too daunting. Now I have no excuses. Zack Borenstein Courtesy of Subject Caroline Dries ( The Vampire Diaries ) As I sensed the strike looming, I knew I needed to find ways to fill the day creatively and substantively or I would lose my mind, so I did what every normal parent does and invested 100 percent of my energy into turning my 2-year-old into a YouTube star. A week into the strike, my wife and I had a script, set, green screen, lights and wardrobe. But despite our enthusiasm, it turned out that the same 2-year-old who doesn't listen to me when I […]
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