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December 15, 2014 3 comments
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Are you one of those many aspiring TV writers still wondering how to become a TV writer? Maybe years after starting down the road? In this post I’m going to show you how to do something about it! Instead of crying about not being on a writing staff, I’m going to show you why you should create your own TV show by writing a web series.

This isn’t a post on how to write a web series but here are three reasons why creating your own web series is the best thing you can do to learn how to become a writer for TV.

1. Wondering How To Become A TV Writer? Write For TV. Duh!

What better way to show you can write for TV than actually writing for TV? If you want to know how to become a  TV writer and produce TV shows, why don’t you live that dream today?

Maybe you can follow in the footsteps of Issa Rae, whose popular web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl led her being repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, and writing for TV — i.e. ABC and HBO.

Create your own TV series on the web, and you can enter it into festivals and contests to win awards and recognition, and gain credibility. If you earn a steady following on sites like YouTube, it can help you pitch your series to networks, and build a fan base for your work.

At the very least, you’ll be seeing your writing come to life, and isn’t that the goal of most aspiring TV writers?

2. Aspiring TV Writers Should Utilize The Power Of The Link!

It’s so much easier to query agents and managers with a link! I hate to say it, but it’s true. No one wants to read your work. Why add to the bursting inboxes and piles of scripts already on prospective reps’ desks?

There’s nothing easier than sending a link to your web series in your query letter. Agents and managers might not have time to read your entire pilot, but they likely will have time to watch your 2-minute webisode. It also makes you stand out as a go-getter who’s making it happen for yourself, which is always attractive to agents and managers.

3. The Time Is Now For Aspiring TV Writers

There’s never been an easier time in history for aspiring TV writers to create their own work. No more excuses! With all the new technology out there, filmmaking is now the least expensive it’s ever been. Hell, you can even film a web series on your smartphone.

And there are more festivals out there than ever before to showcase your work. You don’t even have to worry about a specific TV script format. Just get out there and shoot!

So, this holiday season, put down the chocolate truffles and Peppermint Mochas, pick up your laptop, and start writing a web series to shoot next year. May 2015 be your most productive and prosperous year yet!

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What do you think about how to become a TV writer? Have you created your own or thinking about creating your own? Let us know in the comments box below.

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3 Comments
  1. Mac McCord says:

    Great idea! Thank you!

  2. Author SissyMarySue “Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope” (Wendy Muhlhauser) says:

    I greatly appreciated the work that went into this complete overview. My son had encouraged me to do my Children’s TV show on YouTube first. This served as a reinforcement to that strategy.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the feedback, glad you found it helpful!

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