Making a Good Script Great: A Guide for Writing & Rewriting by Linda Seger

By Linda Seger

Creating a sturdy script nice is greater than only a subject of placing a good suggestion on paper. It calls for the operating and remodeling of that concept. This ebook takes you thru the total screenwriting technique - from preliminary notion via ultimate rewrite - delivering particular tools to help you craft tighter, enhanced, and extra saleable scripts. whereas keeping the worthy insights that put its first variations one of the all - time most well-liked screenwriting books, this improved, revised, and up to date 3rd version provides wealthy and demanding new fabric on discussion, cinematic photos, and standpoint, in addition to an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis. while you're writing your first script, this ebook can assist increase your talents for telling a compelling and dramatic tale. while you are a veteran screenwriter, it's going to assist you articulate the abilities you recognize intuitively. And while you're at present caught on a rewrite, this booklet can help you research and clear up your script's difficulties and get it again on the right track.

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There’s something pretty about a neat and cleanly written page of beautiful words, even if the story is not yet worked out. If this is the case for you, write on the back of scratch paper. Then if you need to crumple the paper and toss it out later, you’ll only be throwing out used-up paper anyway. This can free you up to continue to make changes in your treatment and storyline until you feel it’s “right”—clear, interesting, and well structured. KEEPING A JOURNAL While treatments can be good for getting a clear sense of your story, they are sometimes less helpful for character and thematic development.

It usually tells us who the protagonist is, what challenge or conflict or situation the protagonist will confront, and when the story takes place if it isn’t set in the present. Used by writers to keep themselves on track or as a marketing tool to pique the interest of a producer or an audience, a logline is not meant to tell the whole story or to reveal a surprise ending. ” As a marketing tool, a logline hooks a producer into reading your script by being memorable and easily digestible. Producers get it immediately.

Or am I being overly concerned about marketing the script, how commercial it is, how much money I’m going to make, and how famous I’ll become? Am I planning my Oscar-acceptance speech before the script is written, or am I willing to wait for the nomination? Have I remembered to keep my eye on the process rather than trying to find fast results? EXERCISES AND THINGS TO THINK ABOUT (1) Watch a favorite movie, and outline it. Then transfer your outline to index cards. Then write a synopsis/treatment of the film.

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