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

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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.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Watson-Guptill Publications
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Ann
Mar 15, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: My mom! :)
Shelves: non-fiction, writing
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
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Heidi
Jan 11, 2008 Heidi rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Matthew Siemers
Jan 22, 2014 Matthew Siemers rated it really liked it
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.
Laura Whitcomb
Jan 24, 2013 Laura Whitcomb rated it it was amazing
All great writing tips but especially good for character evolution and setting up for your pay-offs (and paying off your set-ups.)
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