Monday, February 19, 2007

The Spec

Sorry, it's been a while - work and stuff. Who am I kidding? Actually it's because I'm infatuated with a beautiful blonde who fucks like a porn star. Fortunately I gave her my real name so she won't be reading this.

Anyhooo enough of my problems! The most important thing in your original spec is VOICE. No one knows what it is, but everyone knows it when they see it. Don't copy styles. No matter how much you like Black or Tarrentino you are not them. You are you.

Good Eds and producers are attracted to confident voices. That equates to writers who know what they're doing, do it well and don't give a crap about marketing. Then comes the meeting. At that stage they will decide if you are worth a punt to write on a show. And that is where you have to make your decision. Are you a writer who can assimulate a show? Think about it carefully because if you are an unproduced writer the chances of your spec being produced are slim to nil. That's just the way it is.

Assimulating a show means altering your voice to match that of the show. Some can, some can't. If you can't that doesn't mean you're not a good writer. Osmosis is a particular skill. But to be a pro writer osmosis is a skill worth having.

11 comments:

wcdixon said...

Details...we need details!

About the blonde, of course. Writing specs? M'eh.

Chris (ukscriptwriter) said...

I thought I had original voice once. It turned out it was just the flu.

Sorry, but that's about as funny as I get on a Tuesday morning :)

I think one of my current specs may be showing some 'voice', but I suppose that is for readers to decide.

C

English Dave said...

lol will and chris.
No more details, she may read this at some point!
Chris you are right. It is for readers to decide. To me, voice is the way you bring your characters to life and make the story unfold. Shane Black's style is his asides, but his voice is in his character work and pace.

Debs said...

Do you mean she does a lot of semi-convincing groaning while mentally compiling her shopping list?

English Dave said...

debs - who cares what she's compiling lol

Debs said...

You're right of course - as long as it's not a list of all the people the clinic have told she should contact. As people so often seem to say on these blog thingies - enjoy!

Phillip Barron said...

I don't have a voice, but I have an accent, will that do?

potdoll said...

"fucks like a porn star"

I'd be well chuffed if someone said that about me!

Glad you're getting some Eng. ;)

English Dave said...

Thanks potty, I hadn't had sex in so long I'd forgotten who tied up who.

phatgirl said...

Whew. I thought you were dead. I'm relieved, but evidently not as relieved as you are. Guess I should work on that instead of my spec.

English Dave said...

Hi Phat - been a while. Nice to see you.