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The Art of Building a Career in Script Writing for TV

By Nathan Brown T Subscribe to RSS | March 22nd 2012 | Views:

Watching TV can inspire you to become a script writer. TV channels have proliferated like never before and the chances of getting someone to buy your story could never have been better. If you are in doubt just see the number of TV channels on the Xfinity TV connection and you will agree without another question. Writing is something that anyone can do but to be a successful writer you need to fine tune your writing skills. The first difficulty you will encounter when you sit down to write is where to begin your story. Writing does not come to everyone. To be a successful writer you heart has to be into it, and that is not enough either. You need to do something more than that. Here are some tips that can make you a great script writer and a great story teller as well.

If you intend to become a TV script writer, then you will have to be good at watching TV yourself. You cannot flip through shows just because they don’t interest you. Remember that you are not watching TV for the sake of entertainment. You will actually be making a lot of assessment of the shows you are watching. So the next time you watch a TV show, sit down with a pen and lots of papers and jot down the reason why the program has been successful or why it has failed. Making a fair assessment is the key to building a successful career as a writer. After you have done that start making a critical analysis of each and every word that the character spoke and how it was related to their body language. That will help you bring your imagined characters to life.

To become a good TV scribe you need to do a lot of fake writing. Take one of the TV shows that had done well and try to rewrite the scripts and the scenarios. You cannot sell your work but you can replay it several times in your mind. The more you do the better your writing skills will develop into. The next thing you can do is write a script and compare with the successful ones that have made it to the top. That way you will be able to judge your work. Another better way is write a script and ask an experienced scribe to review it for you critically. Be prepared to hear the negative comments rather than getting carried away by the applauses. Remember that sometimes your reviewer will want to be kind to you. And that never works to your advantage in the long run.

To become a successful writer you have to put yourself into the audience’s seat. Understanding what the audiences want is the key to a successful career in script writing for TV. Do not be afraid of being too unrealistic about the scripts; audiences don’t expect you to be realistic. Most audiences want to be entertained and it does not matter how much you are off the reality tangent. In fact you can make writing unrealistically your specialization. The key to success is how well you understand your audience and dishing out something that will fire their imagination. Become the dream weaver that you are expected to be.

The final word of advice is that when you are writing a script for the TV, don’t press yourself too hard. Expect to meet mind blocks on your way to stardom. Trying to write a full script on a time bound plan never brings the best in you. Take your own time however long it may be. Even the best writers write no more than a couple of TV scripts in a whole year remember.

Nathan Brown T - About Author:
Nathan Brown is a freelance writer. Watching TV channels is one of his favorite, especially those that are informative like the one he got from Xfinity TV recently.

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