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Your Idea Machine

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Your screenplay is going to begin with an idea. There are good ideas and bad ideas and commercial ideas and personal ideas. But where do you find ideas in the first place? This handbook explores different methods for finding or generating ideas, and combining those ideas into concepts that sell.

The Idea Bank, Fifteen Places To Find Ideas, Good Ideas And Bad Ideas, Ideas F
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Published July 25th 2011 by First Strike Productions (first published July 24th 2011)
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K.M. Weiland
Aug 18, 2015 K.M. Weiland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You might not guess it from the covers or the (lack of) proofreading, but Martell’s books are absolute gems. Although aimed at screenwriters, the vast majority of what he suggests is just as pertinent to novelists as well. Here, he offers wonderful tips on not just optimizing the ability to come up with ideas, but also on figuring out what a good idea is and how to hammer it into a unique and viable story premise.
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Jan 09, 2014 Jim Barton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insightful and engaged, this book exceeded my expectations! Rather than some generalized fluff about coming up with story ideas, William Martell, an accomplished screenwriter, tells you in concrete terms how he came up with his ideas for his screenplays. He gives useful tips on how to come up with new story ideas every day, and shows you how you can take existing stories and add twists to create fresh, original stories.

Although this book references screenplays, since this is what the author wri
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William C. Martell has written nineteen produced films, including three HBO World Premiere movies: the Tom Clancy style techno-thriller STEEL SHARKS (filmed with full U.S. Navy cooperation) with Gary Busey, Billy Dee Williams, and Billy Warlock, the submarine thriller CRASH DIVE! starring Frederic Forrest, Catherine Bell, Chris Titus, and Michael Dudikoff (also with Navy cooperation), and the sci- ...more
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