It Takes More than Good Writing to Built a Hit TV Series

A hit TV show needs more than good writing

Anyone remember “the shirtless vicar” on BBC?

UK series Grantchester is an example of how important casting is.

Without original star James Norton aka ‘the shirtless vicar’, the series has skidded to an untimely end.

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LB’S NOTE: It’s always a pleasure to see people I know and/or have worked with hanging together, even if they’re doing it without me. Hi Doug! Hi Steve!

Watch this video carefully, kids. There’s a lot here for you to learn. read article

What the Bitter Script Reader’s Writing Journey has Taught Him

The Bitter Script Reader takes us on a very personal trip from his own life. Our takeaway – yeppers, this is personal AF…but so universal as well. This definitely is worthwhile reading, friends.

by The Bitter Script Reader

I’ve been thinking a lot about my own journey as a writer and what I can take from it to apply as lessons to some of you who are just starting out.

My first feature script began as an assignment for a screenwriting class in 2002. By that point I’d made a number of short films and had even run a campus TV series, where 7 of the scripts were mine. So I already had some experience translating my ideas to the page before this screenwriting assignment. I remember this was a story idea I’d had ever since my senior year of high school. At the time, I thought I had enough for a 30 minute short film (I had no idea the shorts I’d be making in school were to be closer to 5-10 min at most.) Over the next four years I kept expanding the idea with red herrings and twists until my treatment became longer and longer. read article

Marty Scorsese on What Makes a Great Screenplay?

THE BIG SHAVE by Scorsese AKA the best student film ever made

Let’s face it, “What makes a great screenplay?” is flat out the question all writers need answered. (Not the same as “want answered” because that question would be, “How do I get an agent?”

For the record, our answer to the agent question is, “Talk to your friends who are agented and see if they recommend theirs…and make sure their reason is that, “They’re selling me and my work!”

As for the great screenplay answer, well, who better to hear from on this matter than the writer/director/critic who has given us so many of them? Take it away, Mr. Scorsese: read article

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

Everything you need to know about great writing. Especially if you’re Stephen King (“Stop watching television?” Oh noooooooo):

Renowned author Stephen King writes stories that captivate millions of people around the world and earn him an estimated $17 million a year. read article