Yes, I hear a chorus of "No duh's" out there. [No duh is a product of fear.]
But for those of you who've never written a pilot before, it's a lot harder than even the people who say it's a lot harder would have you believe.
I was feeling like my outline – which I wrote and rewrote and rewrote with input from the smartest people I've ever had input from before – was pretty solid. Nicely plotted with room for creativity and change as required. So I figured "Hey, I'll bang out my first draft in less than a week, like I've done with my other spec scripts."
[Insert sound of screeching tires post-slamming-on-the-brakes here. Or that sound they use on ANTM of, like, a needle being scraped across a record.]
I started to write, but as soon as I got to the dialogue, I realized there are no little actors' voices in my head, delivering the lines as I write them. There's no internalized show rhythm, defining how long the scenes should be. No produced scripts telling me what style the action lines should take. No audience familiarity with the characters to replace carefully worded descriptions.
All of a sudden, zillions of new decisions must be made. And they must be made by me! Yikes!
I'm dying for a Black Eye Shake from The 101. Which is why I better find time to go to the gym today.