95% is Problem-Solving

95% is Problem-Solving

Billy Ray, writer-director of the new SECRET IN THEIR EYES, and screenwriter of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and THE HUNGER GAMES, was recently interviewed on the WGA’s podcast.  Among other words of wisdom he had about screenwriting was this quote: “If you are a mechanic,...
All-time best written series

All-time best written series

I couldn’t resist creating a chart that breaks down the recent WGA member-voted “Best written series of all time” by decade and type of show. What conclusions, if any, can be drawn from this? (If you have trouble viewing the document below, you might...

WGA guide to Television Writing

In my coaching and script consulting, I help a lot of writers with original series ideas: evaluating concepts, reading pilots, and sharing my knowledge from the work I’ve done developing, pitching and selling series ideas  – which has given me a lot of...