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Fitzgerald Did It: The Writer's Guide to Mastering the Screenplay

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A one-of-a-kind guide to help writers translate their literary talents to the big screen.

This is a book for all writers, be they published or unpublished, novelists or journalists, who want to write for the movies. Meg Wolitzer, who has transformed herself from novelist to novelist/screenwriter, shows writers how they, too, can use their grasp of story, language, and char
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1999 by Penguin Books
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Jill
Jan 27, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
I just discovered Meg Wolitzer in a thoughtful essay in 'Real Simple' magazine on the 'Psychology of Happiness.' http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/l... I had to look up the name of the magazine, usually when I rack my brain to remember it, I get a title like "Simple Good," which I guess is not so far off.

Seems that Meg Wolitzer writes novels, which look really interesting, but I was surprised to find I already had a book of hers, on my screenplay shelf. The analytical approach to understanding
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Melody
Jun 19, 2007 Melody rated it liked it
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Liked that it treated you like a writer, already familiar with basic things such as creating characters etc. Most screenwriting books seem geared towards the person who has never written anything at all. This one helps the "pro" understand the nature of stories of screen versus a novel. However, it was still kinda weak since I'd already read Syd Fields. Syd is the grand master of screenplay writing. I think some of the best screenwriting advice I've found, however, was online. Syd doesn't go ove ...more
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This book was an easy read. It provided lots of good info.
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It's hard to find a good screenwriting book. This one was ok, going to try Save the Cat next. They all say that they are the "definitive" guide...but, well, not so much.
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Meg Wolitzer is the author of The Ten-Year Nap and seven previous novels, including The Position and The Wife. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize.

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