How to Write a Television Script

By My Web Writers

With reality television taking over most of the world’s television sets, getting your television script recognized is highly competitive.  Just think of the creativity and craftsmanship involved in the best 2012 Superbowl commercials.  If your idea is solid and relates to a large audience, you may be in luck, but a lot of dedication is needed to really be successful in television script writing.

Understand Television

If you want to write books, read. If you want to play baseball, practice. If you want to write captivating television scripts, watch, watch, and watch some more. Know what’s hot right now and what sells. This is important because you also have to be careful of copying someone else’s idea that’s already out there.  Currently, vampires continue to attract huge television, movie and book audiences. Another television script about vampires is probably one in a million. Think about what would make your show different. Take a popular idea and make it your own. The only way to know what’s popular and what’s already been done is by doing your research. Take the time to know the business.

Create Unforgettable, Television Script Characters

Quick- name your all-time favorite TV character. Was it the Fonz? Carrie Bradshaw? J.R. Ewing? Scooby Doo? Whoever it was, you could likely talk about the character for hours. Well-developed characters are what make a television script effective. If viewers can relate to your characters, they will be on the edge of their seats waiting to know what will happen next. If the characters are fantasy and nothing of this world, some viewers will love the time away from their everyday lives. Creating phenomenal characters will make or break your script.

Television Script Writing and Literature

Like we all learned in English class, plot is the series of events that make up a story. Without a plot, you have no story. A television script should have an exposition. This is where characters and setting are introduced, and the audience is filled in on any background information necessary for understanding the show. There should be events in the rising action that set up the main conflict. When everything comes to a head and there is a turning point in your script, you have your climax. Finally, how things end up will be your resolution. Some television scripts leave viewers hanging episode after episode, and resolutions aren’t reached until the season, or even the series ends.

Write TV Scripts Like the Pros

Sending your television script on a sheet of notebook paper to a producer won’t get you very far. Mahalo suggests three formatting software options: Celtx, Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter. Check out their website for more information on how to make sure your television script is professional.

~Natalie

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