This week for fun I skimmed an excellent book: Considering Aaron Sorkin: Essays on the Politics, Poetics and Sleight of Hand in the Films and Television Series.
Mostly, I was fascinated by the essays on the role of women in The West Wing and A Few Good Men. I spent some time comparing the woman characters in these works with the character Susan from the film The Paper Chase. It was a very fruitful brainstorming session.
I hope put these lessons to work on my play and the Chiles book in some fashion.