- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Samuel French; 2 Sub edition (August 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0573699216
- ISBN-13: 978-0573699214
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making a Good Script Great Paperback – August 1, 1994
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Seger's book was the ONLY screenwriting book I read before writing "American Pie." Regardless of what you may think of that film, the fact is that this book taught me the things that made the screenplay SELL. Even in a teen comedy, you've got to have proper structure and character development.
Seger's book is basic, yes -- _screenwriting_ is basic. Beginning, middle, end. Be original. Have a character or two arc. Have a relatable theme. Done. The fact that most writers get lost in less important details is maybe why some people expected this book to have more. It has everything you need.
The book is especially helpful at two stages in the writing process: the first is at the beginning when you're faced with a mass of story material, ideas, character elements, themes, bits of dialogue ... and you're trying to see the wood for the trees. The book helps you sort them out and develop a structure for the story, as well as defining the function each of these bits of material might perform in the script.
The second point at which you can turn to the book for help is after you've written a draft and you need to sit back and look at what you've done with a cold, objective, analytical eye. As you read the book, you find yourself applying the concepts and principles to your own work, and the weaknesses (and of course the successful bits!) are easily apparent. It works as a memory jogger, a kind of touchstone to bring you back to first principles, which often get obscured as you concentrate on the specifics of getting the stuff down in writing.
I've read many books on scriptwriting and have gleaned something useful from each one, but Making a Good Script Great is the one I recommend to writers, especially those starting out, and it's the one I personally always go back to as my basic, easy-to-get-around reference text. In fact, writing this review has just reminded me that my own copy is currently on loan to a friend and I'd better get it back!
This book is exactly what the title implies. Linda's book will take your basic idea and mold it into the best script you can write. This is advanced screenwriting lessons.
Linda's book offers such a wealth of information, it's hard to imagine getting serious about the craft of STORY creation without reading it.
I am in the process of organizing a conference, StoryCon, on the Art, Science and Application of Story, and so, have been researching dozens of books on story creation, screen writing, crating fiction, the novel, etc. I've acquired over 50 books, so far, for the purpose of identifying potential speakers for the meeting and this book is one of the best. (You see the link to the website in my about me area at amazon.) One thing I've found, in my research, which has included speaking with many of the authors of these books, is that Linda is probably the most well connected of them all, ie., she knows and or has worked with them.
When I had dinner with her this summer, I was mesmerized by the knowledge and wisdom on story which she shares so easily. It's like that in the book too. I've gone ahead and bought most of her other books too, and look forward to digesting them.
Since I read the books I am nost avid to finish while working out on the treadmill, I give this book a five gallon rating-- for having been sweated over like the best.Read more ›
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This book is a classic. Linda Seger describes the basics of screenwriting as it is taught in Hollywood. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Alphonse
I was one of Linda's early clients, and as a writer/producer her books have become like old friends, which I consult on every project. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeffrey Sneller
She's stronger on character development than plot development.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Insightful and layered with excellent examples, this book has changed the way I look at screenwriting and my re-write process.Published 7 months ago by W. Pearce
Linda Seger is obviously extremely knowledgeable about screenwriting and in particular, what makes a screenplay great. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nicole J Barrett
It's a good book, but I do believe that it teaches you how to write a good script, not necessarily a great script. Read morePublished 10 months ago by E. M. Hobo
Even if you're not all about writing scripts, this book will give you a good understanding of what a story needs in order to be successful and well written. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matrisha Brock