Mimi Torchin on How She Almost Wrote for Guiding Light Luke Kerr September 14, 2009 3 Comments In the latest edition of TV Guide Canada's Soapgeist Mimi Torchin tells the story of how she almost wrote for Guiding Light. When Pam Long took over the show as head writer in 1983 she wanted to have some of her own, loyal staff, as do many new head writers. We had become friendly after I did a profile of her she loved for the quarterly soap magazine that I wrote and edited in its entirety, Soap Opera’s Greatest Stories and Stars. From humble beginnings … Anyway, Pam asked me if I was interested in writing for the show. “Would I, would I!” said I (anyone know that joke? OK, I digress). A major obstacle was that I had never written for a soap, so I had to write a sample script. The show they gave me to write (as a dialogue writer, not breakdowns; I’m more of a “talker” than a storyteller) was Mindy’s arrival in Springfield, among other storylines, of course. Find out the rest of the story at TV Guide Canada.