You’re a struggling writer-we are all-this recession sucks-and you don’t have a lot of money but you know you need to get your script read, well make sure you are ready.
One way is to join a writing group and or show your script to other writers you know.
I have been reading a lot of scripts lately for people and I even started doing coverage-well am starting soon for a company-and there are a few stand out mistakes that make people look very very very amateur.
ONE: If you send me a script and then a page explaining the script-why it sucks, or what it will be when it’s finished, or how you meant to do this or that, but haven’t yet and or why you think it’s a comedy and a drama-you are NOT ready-go back and do your research and read several scripts-this goes for TV (comedy and drama) and films.
TWO: If you are insisting that I listen to music of any kind and or insist on visuals-your script is not ready-the only exception to visuals “may” be animation, but even then let the professionals do that-just write a solid story.
THREE: Structure and I don’t mean by page such in such this incident has to have happened, but I mean if you are writing a sitcom know sitcom structure and don’t send me a huge email explaining that it can go either multi or single cam. Pick one and write it. If you are writing a drama, especially of an established show, please follow the act breaks.
FOUR: Don’t ever apologize for your work. You are selling yourself and what you have just told me is that you think you aren’t good enough.
FIVE: Don’t ever tell me how much your mom loves your writing, or your best friend, or how everyone thinks you are hilarious.
I’m not trying to be a dick here, but come on people this is a business and there are tons of people trying to get the same job-me included.
Focus on STORY, there are tons of resources out there for help in this.
Read tons of scripts, TONS, as many as you can.
Watch movies and or television.
Take writing classes with people who specialize in what you are doing-comedy, go to a comedy writer etc.
None of what I am saying is new information or brain surgery and yet these are things I see all the time. I also don’t want to make anyone feel bad. When I switched to comedy a fellow writer friend told me about multi-single cam-before that I had no idea and so I was humble and accepted his advice as well as then studied and read scripts.
Look I am happy to take your money, you can send me whatever you want and keep paying me to help you fix these problems, but you could save yourself a lot of time by just doing your research before you send your scripts out.