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Review of W. Smethurst's 'How to Write for Television'
on 13 February 2011
I have read other `how to write' books and this is the best I have come across. It is packed with excellent help and advice, backed up by genuine examples. What I found particularly useful were the compare and contrast sections, where Smethurst presents the same story but told in very different ways. One can see immediately the reasoning behind his advice about what makes a script work and, crucially, what to avoid, dissecting dialogue, location, characters, and plot. The book also provides an invaluable - and entertaining - overview of the television industry in general, and what script editors and programme commissioners are looking for in particular; everything from where best to send a script to how wide the margins on the page should be. If you buy only one book on writing for television, I would say this is the book to buy. I recommend it highly.