Eliciting an emotion is just one of the 14 things that a great opening needs to accomplish. Danny Manus talks about the first 10 pages of a screenplay and horror films.
While it's exciting to watch TV's new shows and schedules being unveiled during Upfronts Week, this week is actually—for the networks, the kingpins of the TV world—just the beginning of an even more critical period.
How do you sell your first script? You write one that's high concept. And high concept is a helluva lot more than just being able to put it into a TV Guide blurb, that's for damn sure. Click here to find the secret to writing High Concept screenplays
This is not an industry, or a career, where work can be half-assed. If you choose not to treat this like a professional career, YOU WILL NOT HAVE A PROFESSIONAL CAREER.
I'm not saying every screenwriter must live in Los Angeles. I'm saying every TELEVISION writer must live in Los Angeles. Until you bite the bullet and move, you WILL NOT BREAK INTO TV.