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Becoming a screenwriter

Becoming a screenwriter

We’re in the Golden Age of TV drama right now and it’s a truly exciting time to be in the industry. So: how to become a screenwriter? Let us explain…

ATQ42: How should I revitalise an old show such as Star Trek?

ATQ42: How should I revitalise an old show such as Star Trek?

Submitting such a project to a standard TV production company or a literary agent could actually damage your career in the short term.

ATQ41: “What is the preferred amount of episodes for a TV serial?”

ATQ41: “What is the preferred amount of episodes for a TV serial?”

In the UK, apart from the long running dramas like Holby, Casualty, Emmerdale etc, we have always gone for shorter runs. Any number between 2 and 10 basically, and that number is often decided comparatively late in the process.

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

ATQ40: What’s the best way to get script feedback?

How do you like to give/receive feedback and notes on a script? Do you use questions, like Adrian Mead suggests: his ‘Power of 3’ idea? Are there certain things that can really help (or screw up) writers? Jonathan Young jyoungcreative.info Adrian’s Power of Three idea is pretty […]

ATQ39: Should I pitch a single drama or a series to a production company?

ATQ39: Should I pitch a single drama or a series to a production company?

Are TV production companies more likely to be interested in good pitches of single dramas or long-running series from brand new writers?

ATQ38: What screenwriting software should I use?

ATQ38: What screenwriting software should I use?

There are so many screenwriting software packages on the market it can be confusing – and very expensive. But you actually don’t need to spend a lot of money.

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market?

ATQ37: Is there a gap in the market?

Is there a type of script that agents/readers crave for that they simply don’t see enough of? I feel that I’m writing in a vacuum. There is no point me writing scripts about, say, female gangsters or comedies set in Hull if they already have loads of […]

Happy endings are for children, aren’t they?

Happy endings are for children, aren’t they?

When you write a story, or a screenplay, don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a tragic ending is somehow superior…

Flash forward openings are a cliche

A flash forward is an exciting scene or sequence, followed by words like ‘6 Weeks Earlier’, or ’12 Hours Earlier’ or ‘1 Year Ago’. At that point the story goes back in time to the real beginning of the story.From there we step forward from there until […]

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

ATQ36: How much research does a writer need to do?

How in-depth does a writer need to go to research a story? This is fiction, after all. Isn’t it best if I just make things up? I don’t feel very creative when I’m researching – it just seems like I’m stealing things. I should be more inventive shouldn’t […]

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