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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 9.3.2008 edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907452
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Will has written a great book that offers invaluable advice to budding screenwriters.
Bill Fletcher
I was mesmerized by its glow, but much like a deer caught in the headlights, it revealed one thing... I'm an idiot.
Gary W. Allison
I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to take their writing to the next level!
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67 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Terry on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Okay, I'm starting this review to note that I'm jealous. Why? I could have written this book but, sadly, I didn't. For the sake of screenwriters out there, though, I'm glad SOMEONE did. It's about time.

In all my years of teaching screenwriting and reading and critiquing scripts I've come across all the items that Mr. Akers talks about in this book and then some. I'm extremely happy that it is all right there, in print.

How does the book help? Well, it lays it all right out there for you. Basic. To the point. Mr. Akers takes you from the idea stage to the "Hollywood is going to LOVE ME" stage in 100 easy steps. Okay, maybe "easy" isn't the best word. Anything worth working on, and working towards, isn't usually easy and that is one of the reasons why this book works so well. It's not a quick fix to screenwriting but a process: a well defined deconstruction of the process.

Every quarter I get a writer in my class who assumes that screenwriting is "easy." Sure it's not writing "War and Peace" but it's also not "easy." But in the 8 sessions of my class - it's difficult to define what makes screenwriting so difficult. What I like about Mr. Akers book so much is that he takes the difficult and gives you ideas on how to make it easy. When I critique screenplays I always hope that I will provide the writer with a: "Ooooh, THAT'S what you're talking about!" moment. Mr. Akers' book is full of them.

Another reason why I like this book so much is that Mr. Akers is honest with the reader. Especially in the section about Hollywood. Every quarter I struggle mightily against what I refer to as the "Lotto Mentality" when it comes to screenwriting.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gary W. Allison on August 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have! I don't know about you, but when I finish a screenplay, I am in absolute despair. I'm in despair, because I know that when I start the rewriting process, I am going to see some of the most god-awful writing to date. I hate my first drafts and I was starting to fear that I hate writing, making me even more depressing to be around. That is until I read Your Screenplay Sucks!

Within the first chapter, I realized that it wasn't my first drafts that I hated. It was that I couldn't pin point exactly what bothered me about my efforts. I understand plot, structure, and grabbing your audience within the first ten pages, but there had always been something gnawing at me about my work. This book was a shiny light in my eyes. I was mesmerized by its glow, but much like a deer caught in the headlights, it revealed one thing... I'm an idiot. Thank God I'm not a talentless idiot, though.

This book has great advice on how to tighten up your writing, how to choose the right character (huge!), the importance of "place", how to improve dialogue, getting to the point, choosing the right words, ending with the right words, words, etc.

I used to recommend the Screenwriter's Bible to people who want to learn about screenwriting. From now on, I suggest Your Screenplay Sucks!

Great job.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Richard Beban on July 27, 2008
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A small clip underscoring why you need this plain-spoken, truthful take on the the movie biz, and why it needs better screenplays than most of us have been capable of (before reading this book, of course). Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carl King on November 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
Great artists don't follow strict rules, and neither should you.

But a brutal list of 100 common amateur oversights, mistakes, and movie clichés? Incredibly handy while absorbed in the world of screenwriting! It's so easy to get lost as you write. So many things to forget. So many things to reconsider. So many ways to blow holes in your imaginary adventure.

Your work will never be great if you can't tell when and when not to apply these ideas. If you're on the right track, you'll use this list as a starting point to come up with your own creative checklist. This book is like your own merciless screenwriting critic: shaking his head and frowning, tearing you to shreds, sending you back to your laptop in humility. And that's better than ruining Terry Rossio's afternoon, right?

I discovered this book at random in the book store. I was so intrigued with its concepts that I sat down in the store and read the entire thing, cover to cover. Wow. I couldn't help but take it home as a permanent reference tool. Anything that helps you look at your storytelling and communication skills in a new way is priceless.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CWS on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
Okay, there are a ton of screenwriting books out there (I've written one myself), but Akers's book is one that will bring your script three steps closer to being sold. This is the book, presented like a professional check list, that you should turn to as soon as you've completed your first draft and are beginning rewrites. It's your script so you're going to be too close to the material to see the flaws and opportunities - Akers's book walks you through what you need to do by breaking the process down into manageable steps.

We all have to rewrite but few of us have professional readers to help find the fixes. This book fills that gap. And it's a fun read with lots of examples. If you want to actually sell your scripts, I recommend you get this.
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