Writing For Television

Writing The TV Drama SeriesThey say film is a director’s medium, and television is a writer’s medium.

With quick turnaround times for episodes, high paying salaries, and creative control, I’d say that’s definitely true. And with more channels than ever thirsting for content of all types, there’s never been a better time to consider writing for T.V.

If you’re looking for a place to start, I’d like to recommend a great book:

Writing the TV Drama Series 3rd edition: How to Succeed as a Professional Writer in TV
by Pamela Douglas

The new third edition of her book, is a must-read for writers looking to break into (and excel at) television writing. It’s packed with incredibly valuable tips, tricks, insights and first-person accounts.

Not only does it explain fundamental concepts, like “How shows get on TV and the TV season,” it also goes in depth on such topics as:

  • How a classic script is crafted
  • Writing your own episode or pilot
  • Working on staff
  • How to break in
  • The future of TV

There’s even a section on Unscripted or Reality Television shows and the writing jobs available therein.

Each key section is anchored by first-person insights and lessons from industry veterans.

If you’re planning, or even thinking, of writing for television, this book is the place to start.