T is for TV scripts

The Script Frenzy A-Z challenge so far…

Television is one of the most popular script formats for Frenzy participants, even though you need to write more than one episode of a television show to get to the 100 page goal. (Or a mini-series.) And so TV scripts get a forum all their own on the discussion board.

There’s some interesting conversations taking place on the TV scripts forum this year:

  • Asking about the BBC drama format of listing day numbers and times for scenes, and how to handle flashbacks.
  • Talking about page counts and act breaks.
  • Mourning the deaths of major characters.
  • Debating the merits of working with an old plot bunny or starting from scratch.
  • Celebrating Doctor Who, Sherlock, and some other favorite shows, (and discussing writing spec episodes for them.)
  • Anime writers gathering together for mutual support.
  • Talking about ‘the standing sets for your show.’
  • The love of writing comedy.
  • Crime drama – should the criminal escape?
  • Tips and tricks for writing a pilot episode.
  • How to create your cast of characters.
  • Help – my miniseries idea has exploded in my brain, and it’s not looking so ‘mini’ anymore!

Have you ever wanted to write for television? What would you want the series to be?

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8 Responses to T is for TV scripts

  1. mel says:

    Fascinating! I’ve been meaning to sign up for a screenwriting course but I do realise it’s entirely possible to pick up a lot of things online. I’ve always wanted to do some sorta growing pains teenybopper TV series ;)


  2. My last scriptfrenzy was a pilot for a TV show where the main character fought monsters in his dreams. I ended up not worrying too much about format.


  3. David M. Brown says:

    I write fiction but don’t believe I have the talent to be a screenwriter. If I did it would be something fantasy or historical. I’d like to write comedy but don’t believe I’m funny enough.


  4. The Golden Eagle says:

    I’ve never written a TV script–I don’t actually watch that much fiction television–but it sounds like it could be fun.

    The Golden Eagle
    The Eagle’s Aerial Perspective


  5. Interesting “S” post – sound like something I could see myself doing.

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.


  6. Joyce says:

    I never thought about writing for television. I have a cousin who did and ended up marrying Curtis Armstrong (AKA Boogger from Revenge of the Nerds).

    Catch My Words


  7. jenlanebooks says:

    I wouldn’t know the first thing about writing for television but I think I would be intrigued by some sort of family drama like Parenthood. I do know it seems difficult to maintain a high quality of writing over many seasons, as evidenced by my favorite TV show Prison Break which totally jumped the shark in seasons 3 and 4!


  8. Stephanie says:

    I know nothing about writing for television. That and I think my natural inclination to hate being told what to do would make me a very difficult writer for the executives involved with any television show.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Kel.


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