Welcome to Shondaland. Meet Shonda, the woman behind some of television’s biggest and most talked about hits, and learn what she’ll teach you about the craft of writing for television.
2. Teach Yourself TV Writing
Shonda discusses the importance of knowing your television history and how you can learn some of the fundamentals of storytelling on your own.
3. Finding an Idea
It all begins with an idea. Shonda reveals her process for finding and assessing ideas, and determining what makes a great idea for a TV series.
4. Developing the Concept
Show titles, story bibles, tone, structure – Shonda walks you through how to take your idea and turn it into a fully-fleshed out concept.
5. Researching Your Story
Effective research can make your story come to life. Using case studies from Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, Shonda discusses her techniques and method for conducting research for her stories.
6. Creating Memorable Characters: Part 1
Meredith Grey, Olivia Pope, Cristina Yang – Shonda has created some of the most memorable characters to grace television. In this chapter, Shonda breaks down how she approaches the character development process.
7. Creating Memorable Characters: Part 2
Shonda shares her techniques on how to effectively develop and evolve your characters when writing your stories, including when and how to kill off characters.
8. Pitching Your Show
You can’t make a TV show without pitching it first. Shonda shares how she originally pitched Grey’s Anatomy to network executives and her top tips for how to deliver an effective pitch.
9. Writing a Script: Structure
Shonda breaks down the five acts of television and what needs to be accomplished in each one to tell an effective story in a one-hour drama.
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