INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)
I don’t know anyone who writes in complete isolation except during intensive drafting phases. It’s important to build a circle of helpers and there are many kinds of support available – for the writing itself and for strategic career advancement.
1. Other Writers (Allies, Advisors, Writing Buddies, Writing Groups) provide invaluable feedback and encouragement – unless they drag you down with bad advice. Find/start a local group or go virtual.
a. The Black List http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/
b. Talentville http://www.talentville.com
c. Wattpad http://www.wattpad.com/about
2. Writing Partner(s) can potentially add perspective, camaraderie and share in the heavy lifting of drafting – assuming you’re compatible (Also see “7 Things to Consider (and Discuss) if You’re Collaborating – including a Sample Letter of Agreement” https://othernetwork.com/2014/05/31/collaborating-with-a-writing-partner-sample-letter-of-agreement/)
3. Writing Classes/Teachers have obvious benefits for finding #1’s and possibly #2’s – and maybe finding an inspirational mentor.
4. Writing Coach/Consultant can give you in depth focus and an outside perspective (Also see “A Writing Coach’s Guide to Writing Coaches” https://othernetwork.com/2012/12/27/help-us-help-you-a-writing- coachs-guide-to-writing-coaches/)
5. Professional Writing Programs are the “open door” to Hollywood. They can provide an entree into “the Business”, or at least help you meet #1’s and #2’s, but please read the fine print before submitting any material. In some cases, you are agreeing to be unreasonably exploited.
a. Sundance Screenwriters Lab http://www.sundance.org/programs/screenwriters-lab/
b. WB TV Writers’ Workshop http://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/
c. CBS Writers Mentoring Program http://diversity.cbscorporation.com/page.php?id=23
d. Disney/ABC TV Writing Program http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/programs/programs_writi ngs_fellowship.html
e. FOX Diversity Writer’s Initiative http://www.fox.com/audiencestrategy/foxwritersintensive/
f. NBC/Universal Writers on the Verge http://www.nbcunicareers.com/earlycareerprograms/writersonthe verge.shtml
g. Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship http://www.nickwriting.com/
h. Also see The Black List Help Page https://www.blcklst.com/help/
6. Muse/Higher Power – Your call.
Adapted from “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” by Greg Miller http://www.amazon.com/How-Writer-Who-Writes-ebook/dp/B00AZ8CLY0/