Last week, we talked about getting your television spec script created. Whether you’re an aspiring filmmaker, screenwriter, a current videographer or freelance video specialist, you’ve got to start somewhere. And for many, writing and getting your name known behind the scenes in television is one way to do so.
But of course, you need to know how to write a good TV spec script first. We’ve talked about deciding what type of writer you want to be, figuring out the sample script to create, making sure you understand format and of course, starting to write. Read more about each topic on Part 1 of this post. Now, after you’re done with the writing, here’s what you do next.
5. Ask For Feedback
Once you’re done with writing the spec script, make sure to ask for feedback. Don’t just ask from friends, but make sure to ask people who can give you constructive criticism. Ask for notes on the piece instead of “opinions.” Allow at least 3-4 people to see it and have them tell you what they think can be improved or which ones they think just doesn’t work. If you receive the same areas of concern, then you better pay attention to those spots.
But of course, sometimes, it’s tough to hear criticism about your work – even if they are constructive. Make sure not to take anything personally about what’s being said. After all, people are commenting about your work, not you.
6. Make Sure to Rewrite Your Script
Don’t just settle for the first draft, not even the second. Make sure to rewrite your work until you think it’s ready. Address all the notes given to you but ignore the notes you don’t agree with. In the end, it’s still important you believe in what you’ve written instead of just modifying according to everybody else’s opinions.
Try not to marry yourself to any of the details in your script, and be open to anything. The more willing you are in discarding things on your writing, the better scriptwriter you’ll become.
7. Meet People and Send Out Your Work
Once you have the final copy, you should be ready to present your spec script. It’s a good idea to have a good amount of people already willing to read your work. Networking, even if it may not be your forte, is something you should get used to in this type of career. This doesn’t mean you have to attend special events all the time, in fact, there’s no right or wrong way to network. You can meet people when taking classes, becoming an assistant or agent, hanging out at cafés or wherever.
Once you have the process down, repeat it and create another spec script. It’s a good idea to have at least two (or more) to show and present instead of just one.
Bonus Tip: Take Your Time Until The Spec Script is Ready
Sure, having a deadline is a good idea but never rush on the project if you feel it’s just not ready yet. You want to be sure it’s the right script and everything is as you have always wanted it to be. Chances are, you only get one shot and one shot only, so make sure it’s the best piece you’ve made that showcases your strength and creativity as a writer and storyteller.
You might think writing for television is easy, it can be as long as you know the right steps to take and adopt a good mindset. Whether you’re an aspiring director, filmmaker or screenplay writer for television or film, you need to start somewhere. And creating television spec scripts not only gives you a good practice ground, just like working in a video production company can, but it also helps you learn more about the craft you love so much.