Two years after making the cross-country move to Los Angeles where she knew no one, Jessica Combs took her first steps into professional TV writing when she was accepted into Disney/ABC’s TV Writing program. In her guest blog post, she shares how she got there.
Spec episodes from unknown writers have limited opportunities for getting read. But does that mean that a writer hoping to one day staff on a TV show should not invest their time in writing a spec episode for their favorite show?
Observing one of my young writers starting to build momentum in the industry, I took a step back to explore what makes him appealing to other writers, executives and reps in the professional space.
In the first installment of my new blog series, Pearls of Wisdom from Working Screenwriters, working feature and television writers share the first significant wins of their screenwriting careers.
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 →