Monday, October 18, 2010

Writing the TV Drama

Writing the TV Drama Series: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV by Pamela Douglas (Sep 1, 2007)

Rarely am I surprised at how much information was provided in a book. This was one of the times. I loved this book and I know it will be my go to bible when I'm outlining, writing and watching TV drama.
Ms. Douglas delves into the actual outlining process, tells us how to find the A, B and C story in each drama episode and even gives extensive examples from actual scripts.
Not only does she offer incredible insight as to how to write the one hour drama, she is smart enough to give up the goods on more than just the network shows.
Insightful interviews are peppered amongst such information as: The yearly TV writing schedule, salaries of writers from bottom to top, the cost of agents, managers, lawyers, creation of a show, writing your own episode, staff writing, breaking in. She even delves into webisodes.
And, no, I didn't get a free copy of this book to review because I'm not a reviewer. I paid full price (okay, Kindle price) for this book and I know I've spent my money well.
If you are at all interested in writing for TV, drama, comedy or otherwise, I highly recommend this book.

If you buy it and read it, please comment, or Tweet me about what you thought of it. I'd love feedback.

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