Inside the TV Writer’s Room
Practical Advice for Succeeding in Television
Edited by Lawrence Meyers
"This humorous work, a roundtable organization of interviews with several
screenwriters, discusses sacrifices, cautionary measures, and lessons every
TV writer must discover."—Foreword Reviews
"Inside the TV Writer’s Room takes you inside the heart and soul of television
writing and what really makes a show, and its writers, tick. With more
than a peek into some of the best brains (and pens!) in television, Meyers’s
insightful book shows why their hearts beat so strongly for what they
do and what you want to do . . . which is to become a successful TV writer.
Buy this book and throw out everything else. Period."—Chris Ruppenthal,
coexecutive producer, The Outer Limits
Lawrence Meyers is a screenwriter and producer. He has written for
numerous television series, including Picket Fences and The Pretender.
He is the author of Teacher of the Year: The Mystery and Legacy of
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Aspiring writers often ask how they can break into the television writing
business. Meyers believes that the answer can be found by asking
why people become television writers and what makes them successful.
Inside the TV Writer’s Room reveals these insights and much more. This
volume, a collection of interviews with some of today’s top episodic writers
arranged in a roundtable format, explores the artists’ drive to express
how the writers honed their creativity, and what compromises they have
made to pursue their craft both before and after finding success. Each
chapter’s topic is distilled into a practical lesson for both professionals
and aspirants to heed if they wish to find or maintain success in writing
The book includes such leading entertainment writers and producers
as Neal Baer, executive producer of the NBC series Law & Order: Special
Victims Unit, Tim King of the groundbreaking hit Heroes, Peter Lenkov
of 24 and CSI: New York, and Shawn Ryan, creator of the acclaimed
series The Shield. Individual writers discuss the struggle to balance artistic
fulfillment with the realities of commerce, and how they inject an original
voice into a show that is often not their own creation.
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6 x 9, 216 pages, appendix, bibliography, index