The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts
Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a story to getting hired on a current series.
Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between “selling” and “telling,” form and formula, theme and plot.
• A technique for breaking down a show style so you’re as close to being in the writing room as you can get without actually having a job there
• The 3 elements for that essential Concept Line that you must have
in order to create a story with passion and consequence
• Mining the 7 Deadly Sins for fresh and original story lines
• Sample scripts from hit shows
• In-depth graphs, script breakdown charts, vital checkpoints
along the way, and much, much more!
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television ScriptsUser Review - Kirk Hanley - Goodreads
Unlike some books on TV writing, this is a very practical step-by-step approach written by someone with years of experience in the industry. Focusing mostly on the sit-com, Ellen Sandler provides a ... Read full review
Review: The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television ScriptsUser Review - Geert Renders - Goodreads
I wrote a television series for my Masters in college and this book was a great tool to help me write it. Read full review
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The Hearing Test
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Agents and Managers
To Live and Die in L A
How Many Producers Does It Take ?
28 And Another Thing
Showbiz Meanings for Regular Words
Spec Script Competitions
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