Since it was posted here that I pitched a television pilot successfully and have producers now attached I have been asked a lot about my pitch. I have to say, I believe the success to my pitch is built before I even start writing the script. Like many of you I brainstorm ideas all the time. I have pages of ideas, but I don't start writing unless I can answer this one question: "What will the world miss if I never write this script?" If I don't have an incredible answer to this question I don't write it, or even start to outline. A great answer never really includes plot points or character arcs. It contains something deeper, and more profound and ultimately very personal. It's those factors that earned me 19 script requests and a production deal. Pitching a project that the listener realizes this script could only come from one person, the writer pitching it. Strangely this seems to be that bizarre bit of writing advice "write what you know." But too many writers are hung up on the content of their pieces. Locations, genres, act breaks ... all of those things should be servant to WHY are you writing it in the first place. That answer should never be: it's trendy, it's going to make money, it's sexy, it's cool, it's what producers are looking for. I hope this helps some of you. Finding your voice is the most important thing you should be concerned about; getting an agent, getting read-- all of those things are putting the cart before the horse if you aren't establishing your voice and what makes YOU special.