Things I Keep Going Back to When I Write Tv Scripts
- •The TV Writer's Workbook by Ellen SandlerIt's full of creative and often fun exercises for writing a spec episode. What I liked best about this book is the tone. So many authors of writers' guides adopt a smarmy "if you make this mistake, you're an idiot" attitude or muddle their points with gratuitous jokes. Sandler is clear and straightforward yet understanding.
- •Paul Feig's "Freaks and Geeks" Character BibleThe show blew my mind when I was thirteen, and the funny, thoughtful character descriptions are what I aspire to with my own character crafting. Each one leaves me thinking "I know exactly who this person is."
- •Ken Levine's blogVeteran TV writer Ken Levine frequently and generously posts great advice for aspiring TV writers. I bookmarked his posts from 3/13/13 (how to draw comedy from the premise rather than the jokes) and 8/2/14 (he deconstructs Mike Nichols' tip that "Every scene is either a fight, seduction, or negotiation.").