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In this essential writer's guide, a professional screen-writer shares her know-how on the elements of writing for the screen, from the basics of character development and creating the structure to resolving problems and revising in only three drafts. In this essential writer's guide, a professional screen-writer shares her know-how on the elements of writing for the screen, from the basics of character development and creating the structure to resolving problems and revising in only three drafts.


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In this essential writer's guide, a professional screen-writer shares her know-how on the elements of writing for the screen, from the basics of character development and creating the structure to resolving problems and revising in only three drafts. In this essential writer's guide, a professional screen-writer shares her know-how on the elements of writing for the screen, from the basics of character development and creating the structure to resolving problems and revising in only three drafts.

30 review for The Writer's Guide to Writing Your Screenplay: How to Write Great Screenplays for Movies and Television

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book focuses on the writing of screenplays (while the advice can be applied to TV, it felt to me to relate more to movie screenplays as many of the examples are taken from motion pictures). There is little in this book about the process of selling your screenplay (apparently Whitcomb has another book devoted to that, which I plan to pick up). More, the book is about perfecting your script (from storyboard to FADE OUT) so that it will be ready to sell. Whitcomb approaches screenwriting with t This book focuses on the writing of screenplays (while the advice can be applied to TV, it felt to me to relate more to movie screenplays as many of the examples are taken from motion pictures). There is little in this book about the process of selling your screenplay (apparently Whitcomb has another book devoted to that, which I plan to pick up). More, the book is about perfecting your script (from storyboard to FADE OUT) so that it will be ready to sell. Whitcomb approaches screenwriting with the concept of the right brain and the left brain: leaving the initial stages of screenwriting to the logical side (structuring, what scenes happen where, etc.) and the actual writing of the script to the creative side. Overall, the book felt like a very well organized collection of "tips." That sounds like it isn't quite worthwhile, but I don't mean it that way at all. I am usually hesitant of books that tell you "how to write." This, however, thankfully felt more like a guide, showing the reader how to set up your story so that it will have all the pieces to make a full picture, and then how to smooth out all the creases. What makes the book so helpful is that Whitcomb explains the reasoning behind the "tips," gives examples as to how they applied to films that have been hits, and helps the reader understand why there are "formats" in films that typically need to be followed. While I didn't completely agree with *everything* Whitcomb advised, I doubt that will happen with any guide book, and overall I found myself nodding along as I read. My only complaint was that I would have liked to see an even more updated version of this book, so that it included more current films to be analyzed and exemplified. However, Whitcomb does a good job of selecting classics and popular films that the majority of readers have probably seen (they are just about a decade old or so). I have already written a few scripts (nothing that I've ever sent out yet!) but it was helpful to read this book while working on rewrites. I think the first part is meant to be read before any actual writing has been done, but since I'd already started writing I could still apply the information and adjust my script accordingly. If nothing else, the book at least got me to think about my screenplay from a few different angles, and that, in of its self, is worth the investment for this book! ( Christmas gift from my mom :) )

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This is a terrific, practical and unique look at screenwriting. If you already have a Syd Field, Robert McKee, or the like, this is a great companion piece. It has some of the basics, although other books spend more time with format, structure, etc. This one expects that you already know some of this or can provide additional materials of your own for study. This focuses more on the craft in very quick, practical ways. I use it as the text for my Screenwriting Class, and it's really inexpensive This is a terrific, practical and unique look at screenwriting. If you already have a Syd Field, Robert McKee, or the like, this is a great companion piece. It has some of the basics, although other books spend more time with format, structure, etc. This one expects that you already know some of this or can provide additional materials of your own for study. This focuses more on the craft in very quick, practical ways. I use it as the text for my Screenwriting Class, and it's really inexpensive as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Siemers

    Great resource for someone interested in writing screenplays. Some of her advice is a little formulaic, but it is all good information to know. Good basis of knowledge that can be built upon. Engaging read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Whitcomb

    All great writing tips but especially good for character evolution and setting up for your pay-offs (and paying off your set-ups.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    chris liguori

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    Josue Bringas

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    Murray Robinson

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    Nick

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    Alexandra Shields

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    Petteri Rekomaa

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    Tammy Hinton

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura

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    L.M. Elm

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    Abby Cole

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    Daniel

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    Dustin

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    John Roland

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    David Temple

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    K. D.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Whitcomb

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Andreda

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    Mark

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    Wendela Whitcomb Marsh

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    Daniel Petersen

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    Jansen Mitchell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Chris

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