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The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

Ellen Sandler

ISBN: 9780385340502

Here is the first hands-on how-to book for aspiring television writers, with in-depth exercises and substantive advice from an Emmy-nominated TV writer.

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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
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