after struggling for weeks, i finally finished my pilot, and i’m happy with how it came out!
i had a lot to think about after the last round of notes and the feedback from the table read. at times, i wondered if i should give up on it completely, throw it away, and just write a new pilot from scratch. instead, i let the script sit for a couple weeks, and i let the notes sink in.
around this time, i had a meeting with my wotv mentor, who works in comedy development at nbc. he was nice enough to read my script and he gave me some very insightful notes, and that’s when things started to click.
i started to see my pilot in a new way, and i was able to wrap my head around some of the previous notes that i couldn’t figure out how to implement. i cut out one character and expanded another. i adjusted the goal for my main character. i changed the motivation for one of the supporting characters. i added more jokes, cut exposition, and trimmed pages. i focused on the relationships between the characters and thought more about how the actions by the main character affected everyone.
after making my revisions, i turned in my pilot in along with my happy endings spec to wotv. i’m so relieved i’m done! and the script is much stronger than it was a few weeks ago. so now, wotv is going to put all of our scripts and our bios onto usb thumb drives and give them to agents, managers, and nbc execs.
writing this pilot has been extremely challenging and caused me a lot of anxiety. it was really frustrating because i know that i know how to write. i’ve written specs, and short films, and short stories. i should be able to write a pilot, but for some reason, there were just some basic conceptual things about a pilot that i couldn’t figure out right away. it took me longer than i wanted, but i learned so much and i know every pilot i write from now on will be much stronger.
i already started another pilot so i can apply everything i’ve learned during wotv, and the writing process is already a lot smoother on this script. now i know how to set things up properly with characters and their flaws, goals, stakes, and dilemmas (all the great stuff jen grisanti teaches). most of my past scripts have a network friendly tone, but with my new pilot, i’m going for an edgier cable tone. i’m really excited with my new idea!