Spike Scarberry

Spike is a veteran of the Hollywood development landscape, having worked for an agency, a prod co, and a TV network. He enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, and dynamic storytelling.

Things I Wish I Knew

Things I Wish I Knew

Clearly there is a knowledge gap out there … there’s something that a hell of a lot of writers out there need to know, and they don’t know it right now.

# Read # Style & Substance # The Business of Art
7 min read

Simp for the Reader

Simp for the Reader

Unless you’re writing only for you, you need to keep the audience in mind. Especially if that audience is the gatekeeper to all your hopes and dreams.

# Read # Style & Substance # The Creative Mind
8 min read

The Debate: Structure vs. Voice

The Debate: Structure vs. Voice

When Spike Scarberry threw down the gauntlet, insisting structure was more important than voice, Karin Partin Wells raised her hand to battle in a public debate.

# Read # Style & Substance
12 min read

Writing the Ensemble Pilot

Writing the Ensemble Pilot

If anyone wants to give me shit and bring up the "West Wing" example, let me ask you this—is your name Aaron Sorkin? No? That’s what I thought. Pipe down.

# Read # Style & Substance
7 min read

What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?

What Do Agents and Managers Do Anyway?

You’ve just signed your entire career over to a complete stranger. Whether you succeed or not in your chosen field is completely up to someone who you’ve known for about sixty minutes. What have you just done?

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

Do You Really Want Feedback ... or Validation?

Do You Really Want Feedback ... or Validation?

Other people told me my script was good, so you should like it, too.” This is honestly one of the most naïve notions I’ve ever heard.

# Read # The Business of Art
8 min read

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

You stand at the front of the room and begin talking. You lay out a brief overview, a bunch of plot points, dozens of characters, etc. You’re right in the thick of your spiel when you notice something alarming.

# Read # The Business of Art
8 min read

Passion: The Ultimate X-Factor

Passion: The Ultimate X-Factor

If you’re super entranced with a story, if you can’t wait to get home from your day job and work on it every single day, that’s going to come through in your writing, right?

# Read # Breaking In # Style & Substance
6 min read

What Even is Film and TV Development?

What Even is Film and TV Development?

Many facets of the Hollywood game are draped in shadow and secret. And as I see it, they really shouldn’t be.

# Read # The Business of Art
7 min read

What You Need To Know About Writing a Limited Series

What You Need To Know About Writing a Limited Series

This is a copycat industry—if something works, you can all but guarantee someone else is going to be right on your heels with the follow-up.

# Read # The Business of Art
10 min read

Fundamental Writing: The Fight of Your Life

Fundamental Writing: The Fight of Your Life

Too many writers try to reinvent the narrative formula. They think we, as readers, are bored with well-executed, simple stories. Well, let me tell you this, y’all: we ain’t.

# Read # Style & Substance
8 min read

"The Last of Us, Part II" - An Analysis of Perspective in Storytelling

"The Last of Us, Part II" - An Analysis of Perspective in Storytelling

These games taught me a valuable lesson about the importance of perspective and POV in storytelling. The lessons go much further than that. This game may have actually changed my outlook on life.

# Read # Sight & Storytelling
14 min read

Don't Fall in Love with the Letters on the Door

Don't Fall in Love with the Letters on the Door

Once you’ve had five meetings with managers, who do you get the best vibe from? Which of them showed the most passion for your career? Who do you feel is going to work the hardest for you?

# Read # The Business of Art
9 min read

The Best Script I Ever Read

The Best Script I Ever Read

“We’ve been through, like, nine rounds of notes on this thing. I’m starting to feel like this idea simply isn’t gonna work, no matter how hard I try.”

# Read # Style & Substance
6 min read

Notes? Notes?! We Don't Need No Freaking Notes!!

Notes? Notes?! We Don't Need No Freaking Notes!!

You will have to make changes to your story, at some point or another, that you might not want to ... This is just how the world works, for better or worse.

# Read # Breaking In # The Business of Art
7 min read
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