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

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

  • Title: The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts
  • Author: Ellen Sandler
  • ISBN: 9780385340502
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 whileWhy 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 Discover 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 havein 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 checkpointsalong the way, and much, much

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    1. NOTE: Grab a pen and journal before you start this one. It’s called a workbook for a reason. The author Ellen Sandler boasts three decades in the TV writing biz. She shares her expertise in this workbook with wit and firm suggestion. She pulls no punches about what is expected of a baby writer and I more than appreciated the realness. Best takeaway from this is the Script Breakdown Chart. One of the key exercises in the workbook asks you to select & dissect three scripts from shows similar [...]

    2. I recommend this to people who are not writers but are interested in how television writing works. And you know that nearly endless list of producers in TV credits? She explains who all those people are. It's worth the day spent reading it just for that information. ( I always wondered what the heck they were all producing. As it ends upually words.)But I think it's pretty good at what it aims to do, too, for its intended audience. I read craft books from time to time and ones not in my own inte [...]

    3. I bought this book on the advice of another screenwriter, when I mentioned wanting to write a spec script for the first time. I had written features, shorts, and my own pilot, but to round out my portfolio, I needed a spec script. I approach books about writing with some caution. There was a time in my life when I would have been grateful for tips on how to garner ideas, how to think about your audience, how to motivate yourself to write. Those years are long over, though, and I find myself losi [...]

    4. A very honest and blunt guide to jumping into the Television writing pool. I found this book enlightening and humbling. Sandler is completely honest about what a writer should expect and how to respond to everything from rejection to criticism to acceptance. An important guide to all aspiring television writers.

    5. I'm not really out to write for TV or film specifically. I can't really speak to the effectiveness of the book, which is clearly laid out to help you get hired.But I love the clear and honest premise that only great writing will get you hired, and that writing takes a lot of work.She takes you through a step-by-step process that gives plenty of practical tips without reducing it to a formula. There are particular exercises peppered throughout. At each stage she gives you things to look for to ma [...]

    6. 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 method for developing your first spec script, presented with a large does of humor and without any pretension. If you're interested in putting in the hard work to write a great first script to launch your television writing career, this book is an excellent place to start your journey. Highly recommen [...]

    7. I loved this book. It's so rare to find a writing guide that's both fun and conversationally candid, yet actually has useful information that goes beyond writing workshop 101. (i.e. "show, don't tell!")I even looked on her website to find out about script consulting, but she costs a fortune. Oh, well. The book is totally worth it.

    8. Pretty excellent on how to write a TV spec script for an existing show. Lot's of general good information about TV too. Sandler says writing a spec pilot for an original idea would be a whole other book, but I think there's lot's of useful guidance that could apply if you are doing your own thing and not writing a fake episode of "The Office". The best book on the topic thatI've read so far.

    9. One of the best books on writing I've ever read. Sandler gives very practical advice and does not try to make her prose too cutesy. Worth it for her script breakdown worksheet alone. IF you are interested in writing for TV, this is the book to read.

    10. Dated. These days an original pilot is needed, so I hear. A book I found really informative is Daniel P. Calvisi's STORY MAPS: TV DRAMA. Gives you the skinny and the book is slim, so instead of spending your time reading, you write.

    11. You don't have to be a TV writer to benefit from this book. This has inspired new ideas for my book-in-progress as well as the TV show idea I'm cooking up. Ms. Sandler's practical approach to the craft is a gift from the beyond.

    12. كتاب تاني من اللي بيتكلموا عن كتابة المسلسلات والست كومز خصوصا. بالمقارنة بelephant bucks فهو كتاب معقول. في شوية insights بسيطة في الكتابة شوية مختلفة عن كتاب شيلدون بول. بس في الآخر شيلدون بول كتابه وطريقته أسهل وأصيع وعملية أكتر.

    13. This book taught me a lot about screenwriting and the production process of television shows. Most of this book felt geared towards writing sitcoms, but it was a fun and interesting read and I feel like I have a much better idea of what being a screenwriter entails.

    14. I enjoyed the information in this book but I did find it a little dry and repetitive. I also would like to see a Tv Writers Workbook that focuses more on original pilots versus Specs.

    15. This book was wonderfully insightful, helpful and, at times, funny. I'd recommend it (as well as The Comedy Bible) for anyone interested in writing television screenplays.

    16. A great, modern guide to TV writingIt was an easy read and jam packed with tips and techniques. A must read if you are writing scripts of any sort.

    17. I wrote a television series for my Masters in college and this book was a great tool to help me write it.

    18. This was a school book I read a few months ago but I forgot to include. I forget the actual date I read it so I'm just putting in today's date.

    19. Excellent, pragmatic recommendations on how to generate good ideas for TV scripts and see them through to polished drafts. One of the best books I've read on the subject.

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