No one wants to hear that their screenplay or television pilot is boring, or forgettable, or just plain Meh. But in today’s industry climate, there is one thing that is even worse.
When I first wrote SAY WHAT: THINGS SCREENWRITERS SHOULD NEVER SAY, I had no idea that the simple concept – exploring those things that screenwriters on occasion say to me that make me cringe – would open a floodgate of such examples. It was entirely unintentional. But little did I… read more →
With 2017 chugging along, and the first fellowship deadlines (Sundance, Humanitas and HBO to name a few) already behind us, many emerging television writers eager to push their television writing careers to that elusive next level are hard at work preparing their TV specs, original pilots and myriad essays for… read more →
To many emerging writers her in Los Angeles, Tawnya Bhattacharya needs little introduction: Not only is she a working television writer who has been staffed consistently for the last four years, but she is also the mastermind behind Script Anatomy, the elite television-centric writing program attended by many a television-aiming… read more →
A few weeks ago, I sat down with a television writer who was making the shift from features, where he had been quite successful, to television, which is where his agent recommended he develop next. The writer sent me his thriller/sci-fi pilot, which was well written and intriguing, but left… read more →
Back in the day television used to be the place where screenwriters went to die. With such series as Breaking Bad, Lost and The Sopranos, the new age of television has brought with it fertile creative ground, which we see explored every day in shows like True Detectives and House of… read more →