2-4: How to Write your First Draft (SF)

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Key Points

First Draft Strategies

  • Get your ideas on paper without being a perfectionist
  • Deviate from your outline when you feel it’s appropriate
  • Focus on dialogue
  • Begin with a mystery
  • Start in the middle
  • Read it out loud
  • Raise the conflict


Write the first draft of your first season.

Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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