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Comedy Writing Area : Step-By-Step Writing Guide

1. Be Committed
2. Buy the Books
3. Get the Fresh Idea
4. Create A Protagonist
5. Create Conflict
6. Write Your First Episode
7. Attend A Course
8. Get Feedback
9. Send it Off
10. Sell it
Magnifying Glass STEP 8 - GET FEEDBACK

Once you think your script is in pretty good shape it is really worth getting some feedback before going any further, you'd be a fool not to!

After all, you may think your first episode is funny - everyone else might not. That is a bit extreme but almost all creators get so tied up in what they're making that they cannot see the faults or bigger picture. For example, that joke about the nun which you are really proud of thinking up? - it might turn out that your potential audience thinks it stinks.

It's going to be painful to get knocked down and even more painful to cut some stuff you love but, trust us, it is better to do it now than leaving it to the commissioning editor (as he or she will have world-class bin basketball skills).

A very symbolic magnifying glass

When getting feedback try and ask people you don't know too well. Your mother is unlikely to give you an un-biased opinion. The creators of the now infamous ' Heil Honey I'm Home ' clearly didn't seek feedback from anyone impartial to the project because, if they had, surely someone would have been kind enough to have saved them from that public backlash by pointing out the issues.

Getting opinions from general public is all well and good however if you are really serious about making sure your comedy is the best it can be you really should seek out the views of comedy experts.

We've gone stock photo crazy - mmm.... beer

Getting an expert opinion can make a world of difference as they'll look at your script from the view point of a TV commissioner and joke expert rather than just a potential viewer. Whilst your mates down the pub might think the messy, explosive car chase scene you've written is brilliant they're unlikely to pick up on the fact that it probably needs re-writing because it would be too expensive to film. A sitcom consultant would be able to point this out to you and offer advice and guidance on how to improve the comedy further.

If you are planning to attend a course you might be able to get an expert view there, the alternative is to seek out a sitcom consultant. As you may have already seen we've teamed up with leading consultant Marc Blake to offer our readers a discounted script consultancy service. Find out more

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