Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box

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Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 325 pages
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A professional TV writer's real-world guide to getting paid to write great television

"No need for me to ever write a book on TV writing. Alex Epstein has covered it all . . . along with a few things I wouldn't have thought of. Save yourself five years of rookie mistakes. Crafty TV Writing and talent are pretty much all you'll need to make it."
--Ken Levine, writer/producer, MASH, Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Becker


Everyone watches television, and everyone has an opinion on what makes good TV. But, as Alex Epstein shows in this invaluable guide, writing for television is a highly specific craft that requires knowledge, skill, and more than a few insider's tricks.

Epstein, a veteran TV writer and show creator himself, provides essential knowledge about the entire process of television writing, both for beginners and for professionals who want to go to the next level. Crafty TV Writing explains how to decode the hidden structure of a TV series. It describes the best ways to generate a hook, write an episode, create characters the audience will never tire of, construct entertaining dialogue, and use humor. It shows how to navigate the tough but rewarding television industry, from writing your first "spec" script, to getting hired to work on a show, to surviving--even thriving--if you get fired. And it illuminates how television writers think about the shows they're writing, whether they're working in comedy, drama, or "reality."

Fresh, funny, and informed, Crafty TV Writing is the essential guide to writing for and flourishing in the world of television.


  

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Review: Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box

User Review  - Krystol - Goodreads

This book was really good. I read it last year while I was in film school. I really didn't get a good chance to fully understand the book so I read it again without the pressure of school. I must say ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill Edmondson - Goodreads

EXCELLENT! Very thorough, great examples, a wide-ranging look at all aspects of TV writing. Lots of references, lots of samples. The way in which it was written was fluid, efficient. I zipped through it. Read full review

Contents

Great Episode Ideas
41
Writing the Script
65
THE WRITERS TOOLKIT
109
Bringing the Funny
142
Preparing to Be a TV Writer
167
Breaking In
195
Getting Hired
208
Writing on Staff
223
Creating Your Own Show
248
Resources
269
Final Draft vs Screenwriter
275
Samples
281
Script Pages
289
Glossary
303
Notes
311
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Alex Epstein is the author of Crafty Screenwriting. He has worked as a development executive, television story editor, and television writer for more than a decade. He cocreated the comic drama series Naked Josh, and was head writer for the science fiction series Charlie Jade. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Film and Television, he writes the popular blog Complications Ensue.

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