Chapter 8

The Premise

Getting Started

Whether you’re writing a premise or treatment for your own work or trying to sell a premise to the story editor of a television cartoon in production, the process of developing a story idea is roughly the same. You think of a good idea and write it down in a generally accepted form. Since most of the work in animation writing consists of writing for established cartoon shows, we’re going to focus here on the process of developing an idea and selling a script for an animated television series that’s in production.

Writing a Television Animation Script

If you want to sell a script for a specific series, then you have to pitch a really good idea to the story editor of that series. He’s the one in charge of assigning ...

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