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From Outline to (First) Draft (PT28)

Alex and Nick discuss how to turn an outline for a TV script (pilot or spec) into a fully-fledged draft.

Where should you begin? What if you’re stuck or don’t know where to start in a scene? What should you tweak and improve when looking back at your first draft? Should you use every option in Final Draft?

The Paper Team opens their screenwriting software…



1) Outline versus Draft (0:42)
2) Where to start? (2:23)
3) Scene Work (7:08)
4) Writing and refining the draft (14:51)
5) FAQs (22:23)
Takeaways and Resources (28:50)


“Scribble version, final version” (John August)
The Wolf of Wall Street
Heat’s diner scene (Video)


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Alex Freedman & Nick Watson

Paper Team is a podcast about television writing and becoming a TV writer.

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