Let us know where the story is going as soon as possible. If the reader isn’t hooked by the end of Act 1, they usually put the script down and move onto the next submission.
You Can’t Play it Safe
Remember, we choose less than the top one percent of the scripts submitted. Your story has to take chances to stand out. Typical plots usually get lost.
Smart with Heart
Characters who use their heads and hearts reflect well on the writer.
Show us your voice. Yes, you can incorporate your voice into a spec script! Stories that reflect on life and the human condition will stay with the reader.
Set Up Your Episode
If you are writing a serialized show (e.g. Better Call Saul or Transparent) please include a “Previously On” page that lists where your main characters are within the series when we come across them in your spec. This page should come after your title page and before your teaser.
Proofread it Again
…and then again. Typos take the reader out of the story and reflect poorly on the writer.