For the Artists Who Like to Remain Strictly Out of the Box
If you are planning a career writing TV show scripts then you need to put in a lot of hard work. This is an extremely competitive field and audiences know exactly what they want. However, there are many rewards to be had. It goes without saying that you can make a great deal of money this way.
In addition, if you are able to make a name for yourself by writing television scripts then you might even be called upon to write film scripts.
Writing TV series scripts is no small task. There is no doubt that you need to have a talent for writing but you also need to have a lot of information on hand. At the very outset you need to gather as much information about the show you want to write for as possible. Only if you know everything about a show will you be able to write a good script for it. The style of writing has to match the setting of the show or else there will be terrible dissonance.
You should also read lots of other scripts, especially of successful movies and television shows, in order to get a good idea about what works. If you are writing for an action/fantasy show then the Spider Man script or even wolverine battles scripts will give you plenty of inspiration. Of course, you should be very careful to avoid lifting anything outright from the works you read as part of your research.
Your writing should be very disciplined because you need to contain the show within a specific amount of time. If each episode is 30 minutes long then you need to write for 23 minutes or so because the remaining time will be used for commercials. Each episode that you write should also have the breaks factored in because you need to have a buildup in the story right before the break in order to get viewers to come back to the show.
If you are writing for a television series then you should also take your viewers’ opinions into account if there are sufficient numbers of them. If the show has taken a direction that many people find completely boring or objectionable then you should definitely consider taking feedback from your viewers.
You’ll get plenty of it thanks to social networking; if the show has a presence on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube then feedback will be easy to get.