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?
In order to be a screenwriter, do you have to love the writing, or is being compelled to do it enough? In my latest blog post, dive into the 5 reasons many talented, hard-working writers don’t always love the actual creative process.
In a great screenplay or television pilot, a strong, complex character can provide both the heart and the engine. In my latest blog post, top industry experts weigh in on how to craft those powerful characters and impactful character descriptions!
The length of your screenplay or TV pilot matters in more ways than one: Not only does it say a lot about you as a writer, it can also dictate your works’ priority for the person reading it…
When writing your screenplay, it’s as important to know which mistakes to avoid, as it is to understand the craft. Check out insights from top industry experts about which critical screenwriting mistakes you don’t want to make in your screenplay or pilot.
Over my many years working with and mentoring writers I’ve had just about everything said to me. But what are some of the things you should never say if a good impression is what you’re trying to make?
When I first conceived of my WHAT’S POSSIBLE, WHAT’S PROBABLE? series this past August, I didn’t quite anticipate that it would be as well received as it was. After all, the possible/probable distinction is one I’ve been making for years. I’ve been in this industry long enough to know that,… 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 →
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 →
You often hear people say that the most important thing for a writer to do is put pen to paper. But just as important a directive is this: Put your passion on the page. Case and point: Years ago, one of my long-time clients embarking upon her next project approached… read more →