When creating your characters, you must start with the historical facts. Your protagonist, or hero, will be shaped by the times he or she lives in, just as you are. But to make a good story, the character must challenge the system in some way.
Anonymous asked: Is television writing similar to writing films? Like can I use the techniques I learned in my screenwriting books and classes for tv writing? There aren't many good resources for tv writing...
Well, yes and no.
There are a lot of things that translate. Like style, character building, format, basic story building, ect. It’s fantastic.
The biggest difference is in the story construction. Instead of the three act structure that you’re taught several times in screenwriting, there’s different modular story structure, and the number of acts changes depending on the format.
Basically, the best way to figure out the structure of tv shows is to watch a bunch of them. Have your finger on huge pause button. Pause each time a character changes tactics in pursuing their goals, and then write it down. After a few times of these, you will start to get a feeling on how the basic structure and subplots work.
My favorite resource for TV writing is: “crafty tv writing, thinking inside the box” by Alex Epstein. It’s excellent.
If you have any more specific questions, please ask again!
I’m not absolutely certain that screenwriting can be taught, but I am absolutely certain it can be learnt.
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Thanks again to the fab @novaris Nicole Jones Dion for this