Just recently there has been a lot of discussion about TV writing, no doubt spurred by the BBC TV Drama Writers’ Festival which occurred at the end of July. Definitely a festival to aim to attend if you’re interested in any kind of TV writing. There are many excellent writeups about the event, including the one linked above by Hannah Khalil (BBC blog) and the following:
Coincidentally, last month was my “TV writing tips” series over on my “Bite-sized Screenwriting” column; each article is a to-the-point “snack” of information to get you going if you’re thinking of trying to write a TV script.
Script lengths by genre took a look at how long scripts tend to be via genre. Script running times took a look at how many pages your scripts need to be in order to work with the varying channels and types of programmes. Types of scripts took a look at what you need to consider when creating each type of show – singles, serials, series and soaps. Lastly, the four acts took a look at how to structure and to consider ad breaks. Keep an eye on the “Screenwriting Snacks” series, because we’ll be looking at TV adaptations next.
This Sunday just gone, #scriptchat chatted with script editor Yvonne Grace (who I’ll be interviewing soon – watch this space!). You can check out the transcript here – where you’ll find some great tips!
During the #scriptchat (and since), various excellent links were/have been shared. Lucy Hay has a collection of writing for TV and series bibles links via her bitly bundle here. Two of the most popular recommendations include Lee’s TV Writing website, and Mike Jones’s Episodic Series Development Bible post.
Danny Stack and Tim Clague, who make up the brilliant UK Scriptwriters team, have also themed their latest podcast on the craft of TV writing. Their podcast regularly features excellent topics for new and pro writers alike. You can get updates on their Facebook page.
There are some great books out there, too. Check out my reviews for The Insider’s Guide To Writing For Television by Julian Friedmann & Christopher Walker, and Writing Television Drama by Nicholas Gibbs.
Do you have a book on screenwriting that you would like me to review? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!