The dreams you had when you were a kid are still alive in you, and that it's never to late to live them. Okay, maybe you're never going to be a major league pitcher, but you can still coach a baseball team or play baseball.
I have this idea I love. It's totally getable but it's also sort of... out there. That's why I thought of you guys first. I shouldn't say this, but this is something I could only do here on HBO (Showtime/FX/Starz/AMC/Netflix/Disney XD).
Because writing for TV is not science, anyone who tells you anything about the quality or the potential for your written material's success -- no matter how confident they sound, successful they are or if they have J. Woww on speed dial -- is just taking a guess.
A huge part of being a successful screenwriter is the ability to win over people. You do this by selling your ideas to your colleagues in a writers room or persuading studio executives to buy your pilot or feature film concept.
I've come to realize that managers and producers aren't just looking to read spec episodes of shows already on the air. They want to read original content in which the writer's most passionate voice really shines through.