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Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great

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A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed. ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Michael Wiese Productions (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Abrasive title, but awesome book. If you're interested in writing or selling a screenplay, this book really is a must have. He tells you how to transform and beat your script into shape as well as letting you in on some of the little trade secrets to help you look like you're not a novice. It's also just a fun read, he's very conversational. The only down-side to it is because he is so open, he makes you really understand how difficult it is to break it into the Hollywood industry. So for any as ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a package deal with Blake Snyder’s book, Save the Cat. Save the Cat talked a lot about how to develop a screenplay, Your Screenplay Sucks! focuses on the proofreading and rewriting stage. Because so much of writing is rewriting, William M. Akers’ book is an invaluable addition to my collection.
With a sharp sense of humor, Akers gives readers a one hundred item checklist to go through to make sure your screenplay is as flawless as you can make it. So much of breaking into
Alexis Johnson
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you only read one book on screenwriting, this one is perfect. It's easy to understand, and the knowledge of the "don'ts" is far more crucial than the "dos." Like everything else, rules can be bent in certain instances, but this book sets excellent groundwork for writing scripts. ...more
Miss Norman
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Funny and easy to understand. Well organized.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-writing, favorites
Your Screenplay Sucks - it's true. And here are 100 practical things you can do to fix it. Learn how to brainstorm, take apart, reassemble, and examine each of your characters one by one. There are other books to tell you about formatting and structure - this is the one to read to learn more about voice and great story. Don't be intimidated by the title. It will have you itching to hammer out a rough draft so you have text to play around with. ...more
Jared Woods
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A curious hiccup occurred not too long ago. It was an unprecedented event that had never reared its skull throughout my entire creative journey. I found that I had fallen out of love with writing.

This misfortune wasn't a case of writer's block. I am endlessly grateful that I've never experienced this condition in all my years of composing literature. But something else had happened, something... was missing. I still knew which words to use, and I sat them down in a satisfying order, yet the inv
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This book made me learn a lot of things. This book is about how to write writing that makes the readers interesting. First of all, I wasn't good at writing so I thought that this book will make me feel interesting. As I read the book I thought this book was interesting because even the book was about teaching me how to write, the book was really funny and I got obsessed with the book. Also, I learned how to write a good book so I thought it had only a positive point about this book. I recommend ...more
Tara Calaby
I think my biggest issue with this was reading it right after Save the Cat, given that generally the stuff in here that is most relevant to me is also covered in StC. There's also a lot of content surrounding how to correctly format screenplays, which is, no doubt, very helpful to people writing screenplays, although it was not at all helpful to my novel-writing self. I realise that's what you get when you read books on screenplay writing craft, so I'm not saying it's a negative in a general sen ...more
Jeff Searust
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
By far the best book on writing a screenplay. It will make you question very specific sections of plot and structure. Even if you think all other books on writing and screenwriting are BS, you should read this one. It's not a beat book or a mythic structure book, it's a book on the basics of the mental and physical aspects of writing.

Would give extra stars for Brautigan reference.

Pull your big boy pants up and take out that crappy screenplay. Get an extra ribbon for the typewriter, and start o
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book to write a screenplay for a school project. Before I read "Your Screenplay Sucks!", I started typing head first without thinking about the formatting and content. I read this book to see if there were any crucial points I had missed in writing my screenplay, and to my surprise, I had at least one thing to fix or improve on almost every page (from formatting to basic ideas and conflicts). I recommend first just typing out your ideas and once you feel finished, read the book. The ...more
Mahmood Al-yousif
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a depressing book. But it's an absolutely necessarily text book for experienced and aspiring writers.

Within its covers lie important rules of screenwriting - and writing in general - that must be taken into account if one wants to see their story become successful and produced into a film.

A hard slog of a read, the rewards; however, is that you'll hopefully be a better and more aware writer.
Mojo Shivers
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a good primer on all the mistakes your screenplay may have and suggestions how to resolve. Granted, it’s far from a step-by-step guide to making a pile of crap into gold but it is a comprehensive checklist on areas to look out for and a point in the right direction through, over, under, and around these obstacles. As such, I know where to turn when I’m making that initial pass through my own work.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Delightfully pragmatic and practical. I suspect that some of the specific formatting tips will be overtaken by time and technology, but the basic advice is solid. It’s fun to watch movies after reading books like this, to have a better sense of how they’re put together.

Plus, the repeated advice of “don’t get excited, success is almost impossible” can’t be repeated enough.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Your Screenplay Sucks! is an informative, entertaining book that makes no bones about the rigors of screenplay formatting, promotion, or getting a foot in the door of the movie industry without making me want to throw my hands up in the air in defeat.
I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in writing. The suggestions can be applied to any form, not just screenplays.
Patrick Johns
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Took my first crack at reading about how to write screenplays. A great book that will hone your writing craft for screenwriting and writing a novel. I highly recommend it! Now, time to write that next blockbuster hit.
Kim Donovan
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this book was assigned to me for my Advanced Screenwriting class at the University of Central Florida. I've read other recommended screenplay books over time, but I come back to this one a lot. Really helps develop your script, not just about formatting. ...more
Roger Mendoza
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, especially since it gave me some much needed clear advice on writing a great screenplay.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A good read, I learned many new things and gone over stuff I already knew. Worth a read if you are thinking of writing a screenplay.
Christina Metcalf
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most comprehensive, and enjoyable to read, books on screenplays that I've read. Highly recommend. ...more
Remo Williams
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun to read. Sped through it
Kiera D.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A solid read not just for screenwriters, but for writers in general.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and informative read. Some really good advice for writers in general, especially a screen writer or short story writer. Lots of humor as well. Check it out.
J.F. Ramirez
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I needed a screenwriting book in a crunch to learn about format.

The title just screamed, “Read Me you twerp!”

A seriously good decision.
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Read most of it and will get back to it later, when I need to.
Aiden Colley
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun to read and easy to understand!
Alina Yasnaya
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Superbly entertaining and extremely useful, this book is a must-read for every budding screenwriter.
Guilherme Feitosa
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Princess of Monaco joke??
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Sullivan
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing
I found the lack of bs refreshing.
Stephen Arnott
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I bought this one. I have no real interest in writing a screenplay, but I'm interested in movies and the movie business, and the title grabbed me.

This turned out to be an amusing, entertaining books that has great practical advice for anyone interested in writing a script. More than that, although some of the advice is specific to screenwriting (formatting errors, for example) much of the advice would also be valuable to a novelist.

According to the author, most professional scri
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