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Copyblogger Articles You Need to Read Before You Write Your TV Proposal: Part III

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Sometimes, OK often, you know you need to do something – come up with an idea, write a proposal – but somehow you just can’t seem to sit down and do it. You’ll know this problem because you’ll suddenly become interested in doing the things you’d usually avoid – washing up, ironing or dropping off your dry cleaning.

In the final part of this three-part series on turbocharging your development skills we look at how you can overcome your mental blocks, with the help of Copyblogger, which was named by The Guardian as one of the World’s 50 Most Powerful Blogs (click through the  titles to read the full articles):

  1. Do You Recognize These Ten Blocks to Your Creative Thinking?This article argues that you don’t need to inspire your creativity, rather you need to get out of your own way and realize that you are sabotaging yourself by thinking in certain ways. Here’s a list of ten beliefs that can stop you fulfilling your creative potential, including: following the ‘rules'; being afraid of being wrong and rejecting play as a legitimate form of work.
  2. How to Write an Article in 20 Minutes - Writing a proposal can take hours, days or even months. But imagine if you could train yourself to write a proposal in just 20 minutes (or an hour)? Writing, like running is easier when you do it regularly but here are some excellent tricks to help you write quickly and efficiently even if you only write proposals on an occasional basis.  Tips include limbering up with pen and paper, incubating thoughts and using bullet points.

Don’t forget to read Part I and Part II.

Get more proposal writing tips in Greenlit: Developing Factual/Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch

Nicola Lees (8810 Posts)

I have worked in the media - radio & TV, production and post-production - for more than fifteen years. I have extensive experience as a TV development producer, and have originated, developed, written and pitched proposals for award-winning documentaries, docu-dramas and interactive TV events for a range of UK and US channels, including BBC, Discovery, TLC, Travel Channel and Science Channel. I'm the founder of TVMole.com, a website that provides industry intelligence to help TV professionals and aspiring filmmakers get their programme ideas commissioned. I've written two books for Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury: Give Me the Money and I'll Shoot! Finance Your Factual TV/Film Project (2012) Greenlit: Developing Factual / Reality TV Ideas From Concept to Pitch (2010) I've produced industry panels for Televisual's Intelligent Factual Festival (2010) and am a regular speaker at universities and film festivals (e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest, Open City Docs Fest, Northern Nights Film Festival, Televisual Intelligent Factual Festival, Broadcast Video Expo). I've served on several film festival juries, including: FD4W International Film Festival, WFTV Awards, Northern Nights Film Festival and TV Collective Film Night at Portobello Film Festival.


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