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Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational ARC

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What is the secret to writing a great screenplay? Whether you're a beginning screenwriter or an A-list Academy Award winner, all writers struggle with the same thing: to get to the great script inside. Step by step, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc guides you through an extraordinary new process that helps identify your thematic intention-what your story ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Three Mountain Press
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David Leroy
May 26, 2013 David Leroy rated it it was amazing
The past two years I have been reading practically everything worth reading on screenplay writing, not because I actually write screenplays, but because the world of MFA creative writing glosses over plot so fast that it offers very little in the way of story development. Inside Story stands far above anything so far that I have read because it offers a unique language for story that blends together psychology, and plot in a way that I have never seen in any other book. The Hero's Journey is far ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Letizia rated it really liked it
Pretty good. At first I wasn't impressed, really, but I have to admit that when it gets technical it is definitely worth reading. The author is very capable of understanding the profound link of human transformation and the way it is channeled in story writing. Basically, when you read this book, you even understand something more about life, but I guess the point is you will be able to find the faults in your writing and maybe even fix it.
Liz Fenwick
Mar 13, 2013 Liz Fenwick rated it it was amazing
Love this book. There is just so much to take in and absorb from this book that I'm reading it a second time. I wouldn't recommend it for a beginning writer as I think it helps to understand her concepts if you have wrestled through a few stories can them apply it or not to what you have or haven't done. It is definitely a book to have in your writer's toolbox.
Fiona Harper
Sep 08, 2011 Fiona Harper rated it it was amazing
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Fabulous book on writing - one of the best I've read in years. It took some of the things I'd worked out for myself and linked them to other ideas, developed them further... There's so much in this book I'm reading it through a second time!
Apr 11, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Fabulous screenplay craft book! Highly recommended.
Susan Taylor
Sep 27, 2012 Susan Taylor rated it it was amazing
The Inside Story gave my writing a jolt of emotional current.
This is one of the big three books to read is you plan on writing fiction. Dara Marks, originally a script consultant, lays the process of breaking down the components of storytelling into sensible chunks and then delves into the "why" within fiction. Touching on the myth or archetypes of characters, she uncovers the different strands, lines, that simutaneously evolve internally and externally. Again and again, from a simple view of st
Keir Challinor
Jan 16, 2016 Keir Challinor rated it it was amazing
To me this is the best book for any screenwriter. Although Save The Cat does go over basics of writing a feature screenplay. Dara Marks helps break down Plot, Character, and Theme, while also going over each section of the three act structure including the Set Up, Middle, and climax of story. I have read this book three times and each time is a new experience. If you ever were interested in writing a script but not sure where to start I would really recommend this book.
Oct 24, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic text on screenwriting process. I highly recommend giving it a read if you'd like to take your story writing to the next level or examine whether you could/should be doing anything differently.
(Now, if only my screenwriting professor would apply Marks's concepts in class...)
Ben Nesvig
Nov 04, 2015 Ben Nesvig rated it it was amazing
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Of the (too) many books I've read on storytelling, this is one of the best.
Oct 31, 2013 Jay rated it it was amazing
If I could give this six stars I would. There are few books I've read that add things so extremely important to my understanding of a topic. This book adds not one thing but several things. Insights about avoiding the "bad day at the office" problem or trying to use a romantic subplot to substitute for the lack of transformational character development or when static character development is preferable are extremely useful in editing and plot development.
Jan 26, 2013 J.D. rated it it was amazing
I love, love, LOVE this book. Once you get the hang of outlining a screenplay, this book takes you one step further and puts you inside your character's heads. You learn about motivation and how it serves to help your story along. I wish I had come across this book a lot sooner than I did!
Jessica Hatchigan
Aug 15, 2012 Jessica Hatchigan rated it really liked it
An excellent exploration of what writers need to know about structuring story. Dara Marks specializes in screenwriting, but novelists also will find the advice offered priceless.
Mar 09, 2010 Doug rated it liked it
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This could have been much shorter, but it's key insight about the transformational arc is powerful. It's easy to loose sight of when writing, though.
Oct 04, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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Transformational for any writer of fiction. Your understanding of character ans story will never be the same.
Mar 21, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
I have the feeling my admiration for the ideas in this book will grow as I digest and apply them.
Harold Honey
Dec 11, 2009 Harold Honey rated it liked it
Overrated but does contain some very good points
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