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Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath

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Partly a how-to book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. Replete with examples from films, as well as examples from real life, Writing Subtext helps the writer figure out how to find and write su ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Michael Wiese Productions
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Emma Sea
This is a brilliant book, and the clarity makes it ideal for someone who has pretty much never heard of subtext. Rather than adult writers, I'd recommend it as excellent for high school or entry-level college students: the ones who have no idea that anything is going on beneath the surface in books, plays, and films. Every student I've ever met would benefit from this book. Each chapter is followed by a list of prompts or interrogations for addressing your own writing, so you could use this as a ...more
Muath Aziz
Third book to read by Linda. A smooth read as you expect from her. (So smooth that I actually finished two books today, I've never even been able to finish a book in one day not to mention two!). I was especially eager for this one and gladly I wasn't disappointed for subtexting is a skill I lack.

The understanding of subtext can, not only be used in writing scripts, but also in real life when interacting with others and trying to understand them. Of course movies/novels are all about human inter
Glenn Mitchell
A Good Introduction

Writing effectiveness subtext is a challenge. Linda Seger provides writers with a good introduction to the topic. She provides lots of film examples.
The book is focused on screenplays, but it's still useful for writers of any kind of fiction. Has a lot of good advice on different types of subtext and how to incorporate it into your work.
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