On most things, I find that there is wiggle room when it comes to screenwriting, breaking in and building a screenwriting or TV writing career. We break things down into two options: What’s probable (and by that, I mean difficult but achievable) and what’s possible (highly, highly unlikely but… you… read more →
As part of my job, I meet new writers regularly. While career coaching has allowed me to work with both professional and up-and-coming writers, on most weeks I will meet with at least a couple writers taking those early career steps as they thoughtfully navigate the emerging writer landscape. And… read more →
Emerging writers putting pen-to-paper or, more likely, fingers-to-keyboard, have faced a confusing, and largely conflicting challenge for some time: On one hand, just a little bit of research reveals that most screenplays and TV pilots from new and emerging writers don’t actually go on to sell, get set up or… read more →
There are so many screenwriting competitions, fellowships, labs and programs. How do you know which ones to spend your money and time on? In this weeks’ blog post, I share the complete list of all the ones that I’m tracking!
Often, when we talk about screenplays and TV pilots, we talk about craft. Story. Characters. World. Themes. Plot progression. Story turns. All incredibly important when it comes to building a screenwriting career. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, If there is one inarguable truth when it comes… read more →
This week, as I was talking to various writers in various career stages, I got to thinking about some of those things – my mantras, if you will – that I find myself telling writers more often than I would probably like to admit. These mantras are not all my… read more →
Last year, I had the great privilege of moderating a live Q&A with renowned literary manager John Zaozirny. If you don’t know John, or have yet to follow him on Twitter, you definitely should, as he’s been incredibly forthcoming with tons of useful information, and even put out a PDF… read more →
Let’s face it: Most writers out there would love to sell their spec screenplay. Or spec pilot. Or the pitch for the pilot or screenplay they’ve developed, that their representation will be setting pitch meetings for. And I don’t mean selling to any old producer off the street, but rather… read more →
When setting out to sell your TV show, do you need to have a completed TV pilot, a thorough show bible, or both ready to show?
This Week in Coaching is back with stories from the career-coaching front lines As a professional industry observer, the question What’s happening in the industry? is one that I have heard often, from writers breaking in who are seeking to understand the landscape, as well as working writers looking to confirm… read more →