Welcome to WD's Script Notes

Publish date:

Working in Hollywood today is a bit like navigating the hedge maze in Pan’s Labyrinth--as if it wasn’t hard enough simply winding your way through, someone keeps changing the rules and moving the walls. Of course, Pan’s Labyrinth was probably easier, and we all know how that ended.I can only presume that had Capitan Vidal and Ofelia been TV writers or producers, they wouldn’t have fared much better.

But then again, they didn’t have had Writers Digest. Or "Script Notes," Writers Digest’s new blog exploring about the craft and business of writing for film, television, and digital media.

And you do.

"Script Notes" takes a look a look at the latest Hollywood business developments and what they mean for writers: how they affect job opportunities, the creative process, and the overall industry landscape. We’ll also incorporate interviews and bits of advice from some of the industry’s top players, everyone from agents and execs to writers, directors, and producers.

But most importantly, we’ll be answering your questions. That’s right! You now have your very own place to come with all your questions and confusions regarding your writing career in TV, film and digital media. In other words, you decide what we talk about. Not sure how to find or nurture a relationship with an agent? Wondering what the hot specs are? Can’t decide if you want to be hip-pocketed? Worried about taking an if-come? Need some help with a sizzle reel?

Well, don’t worry: We’ve got your answers.

From put pilots to punch-up and fresh cash to the back nine, we’re here to help. And we cover everything: comedy, drama, reality TV, big blockbusters and out-of-the-box indie films. Whatever you’re into, we’re into, too.

So check in here every couple days for new posts and entries. And if you have a questions about screenwriting, TV writing, or anything related to the industry, e-mail your questions to WDScriptNotes@fwpubs.com with "Script Notes" in the subject line. We may not be able to get to every question, but we’ll do our best to get to the big ones.

Having said that, it’s great to meet you in cyberspace, I look forward to working with you, and when your script gets made into the next summer tentpole, don’t forget to invite me to the premiere.

A little bit about Chad:
Chad Gervich is a television producer, published author, and award-winning playwright who spent five years as a development executive and producer with the Littlefield Company, former NBC president Warren Littlefield's production company with Paramount Television (now with ABC).

Chad created and produced the Style network’s hit comedy/reality series, Foody Call, and recently executive produced Celebrity Drive-By, a talk show pilot for E! Entertainment. Last fall, Chad developed Dirty Laundry, an internet soap for FOX TV Studios, and wrote and produced on Wig Out, an online sitcom for Warner Brothers.

Most recently, Chad’s book Small Screen, Big Picture: An Inside-the-Business Guide to Writing & Producing TV, is due out from Random House/Crown and mediabistro.com in August, 2008.

Chad has also worked in development at NBC Studios, Sony Pictures, CBS Production, and 20th Century Fox. He’s been worked on countless series and pilots, including Malcolm in the Middle (FOX), Love, Inc. (UPN), Keen Eddie (FOX/Bravo), Do Over (WB), Time Tunnel (FOX), and Star Search (CBS).

Chad’s stage plays have been produced across the country, and his writing appears regularly in Daily Variety, Fade In, Moving Pictures, Writer's Digest and Orange Coast, as well as several other nationally available books and magazines.

This article was written by Chad Gervich, and is reprinted here with permission of the author.

Poetic Forms

Rannaigecht Mor Gairit: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the rannaigecht mor gairit, a variant form of the rannaigecht.


The Writer, The Inner Critic, & The Slacker

Author and writing professor Alexander Weinstein explains the three parts of a writer's psyche, how they can work against the writer, and how to utilize them for success.


Todd Stottlemyre: On Mixing and Bending Genres

Author Todd Stottlemyre explains how he combined fiction and nonfiction in his latest book and what it meant as a writer to share his personal experiences.


Plot Twist Story Prompts: Take a Trip

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character take a trip somewhere.


Making the Switch from Romance to Women’s Fiction

In this article, author Jennifer Probst explains the differences between romance and women's fiction, the importance of both, and how you can make the genre switch.


Stephanie Wrobel: On Writing an Unusual Hero

Author Stephanie Wrobel explains how she came to write about mental illness and how it affects familial relationships, as well as getting inside the head of an unusual character.


Who Are the Inaugural Poets for United States Presidents?

Here is a list of the inaugural poets for United States Presidential Inauguration Days from Robert Frost to Amanda Gorman. This post also touches on who an inaugural poet is and which presidents have had them at their inaugurations.


Precedent vs. President (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use precedent vs. president with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.