In the latest installment of my SAY WHAT??? blog series, check out things writers should never say when receiving notes on their screenplays or television pliots.
Earlier this year, I asked screenwriter Savy Einstein what was the worse screenwriting advice she ever received. Here is what she told me: “A producer I met shortly after moving to LA from Israel told me that since I was a foreigner, I should only write drama. ‘Don’t try to… read more →
Warning: This blog post, which lists some of the hard truths about building a screenwriting career that every serious screenwriter should confront, is not for the faint of heart…
There is a truth that every writer must contend with: Everyone loves an L.A.-based screenwriter. Hell, some agents and managers have gone on the record saying that they won’t sign a new writer unless he or she lives in Los Angeles. I, too, have come to know that nine times out of ten, my L.A. writers will be more consistent.
Bob Dearden went from Canadian tree planter to film school in Texas, to a position as Rob Thomas’s assistant, to writing the coveted freelance episode, to becoming a staff writer on iZombie. Here is how he did it.
I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but every year, right around this time, I get an onslaught of emails, usually from writers I’ve never met, often ones living outside of Los Angeles, and all of which, in one way or another, say this: I wrote a spec… read more →
Every year, around this time, as the prestigious television network writing programs, labs and workshops begin to announce their crop of writers selected for participation, the rumor mill starts to bubble and stir. After all, everyone wants to know: Why was someone else selected and not me? If I submitted… read more →
Deanna Shumaker was in no way born into this industry. Like many others who gravitate to it, she came from another state, drawn by everything she learned in her creative writing and television elective courses at the University of Florida. Since those days, Deanna worked as a showrunner’s assistant, was… 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 →
Every new writer seeking to break into television writing hears, sooner or later, about the freelance, that one episode in a seasonal television order assigned to a writer not currently on the show’s writing staff, and for which said writer is credited, earning not only a handsome script fee, but… read more →