What is a Spec script and why am I writing them?

As an aspiring screenwriter, it is important for “those in charge” to see that you can craft entertaining, and correctly formatted, scripts with stories and characters that have already been created. Let’s be honest, if I were hired to be a screenwriter tomorrow, it is very unlikely that somebody would say “You’re a nobody, but we want you to create your own show and write the script.” No, instead, they’d hire me to be a writer on a current show or a show that is being created. I’d simply be a writer (which is fine by me!). So, in order for “those in charge” to see my writing abilities, it is important to write a few Spec scripts. These Specs are “fake” episodes of real (and usually current) television shows.

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