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Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time Kindle Edition
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The Coffee Break Screenwriter is Writing Down the Bones for screenwriters plus more, the more or meat on the bones being all of the practical information about the art and business of screenwriting that MS Alessandra includes in her book. Not sure if you should spring for The Coffee Break Screenwriter? Go to Alessandra's website called On the Page Script Consulting & Screenwriting Classes (you'll find a link to it fast by running a search on pilar Alessandra) and listen to one of the many free podcasts on offer. That should convince you.
I've read several books on screenwriting, by Syd Field, Robert McKee, Blake Snyder, David Trottier, and others, and none of them has sparked, inspired, and informed me as much as The Coffee Break Screenwriter (though I can't deny that reading them may have helped prepare me for it).Read more ›
Let's put it this way: when she says from concept to page, she's not kidding. You fill out these worksheets and you get to brainstorm, outline, beat out, and break down the story of your screenplay. And only then do you actually get to write the first draft. The fact that chapter 5 is titled "The First Draft" gives you an idea the amount of work you are putting in with chapters 1-4! Other reviews break down the chapter titles, so you know that you will get help in rewriting your first draft.
What a great book. You still have to sit there and figure stuff out, but, instead of just sitting around asking yourself "how do I get from point A to point B?", Pilar will help get you there by asking you the right questions.
Kind of like Socratic learning, right? You can't figure out the correct answer if you don't know the correct question. Pilar's book asks the correct questions. Now, get writing!
These templates are great tools for helping a screenwriter get through her method of working through the screenwriting process. Her tools make sense and are basic and really do help you step by step with getting to the end, one break at a time.
Pilar has contacted me and made arrangements for me to get the templates and has followed through with her word so that I didn't have to purchase a third copy.
About the book:
It's excellent, because it asks many, many questions. And questions are a very powerful tool. The greatest coaches keep asking good questions. Most sceenwriting books don't ask enough questions, though. Pilar's book does. Usually 3-5 for each writing session, conveniently paired with a one-page screenwriting lecture.
I started working with the book today. I wrote 5 pages with paper and (fountain) pen (Tarantino stile) at a coffee shop. This handwriting method - I get away from feeling like sitting in front of my notebook 24/7 - paired with Pilar's book finally helped me to get started on my screenplay. At least the first one or two drafts will be handwritten. Just the book, some paper and a pen (and of course the coffee). That's liberating!
I read many screenwriting books and I also took classes. This book is the best of its kind. While writing my screenplay I also learn a lot. The book is almost as good as an excellent class, "almost" just because a book can't give notes on my writing ;-) But I took care of that and just founded an online writing group.
The "let's get started idea" works for me. Most books fail at that. Since Pilar has a great personality, a couple of pages in the beginning, which address the reader in a personal and encouraging way would be the cherry on top.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have always considered myself a great idea person, but not the strongest writer. I love making films, but as a director, I really wanted to develop my own stories so I could... Read morePublished 5 months ago by N A M E
I've had the pleasure of attending a few of Pilar's lectures. She is just wonderful - knowledgeable, able to word her teachings in a clear and understandable way, and immensely... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sara
I love this book and have read it 3 times from cover to cover and it is extremely helpful. Especially if you use it with Pilar's "On the Page" Podcast. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ScarecrowA7X
One of the best books you can buy to get your screenwriting started. Motivating and informative, this book will definitely help. I highly recommend it.Published 12 months ago by Lars Lentz
It was a great organizer of your mind when being overwhelmed by the process of developing a professional screenplay.Published 12 months ago by Mary Griffin
I start every script with page 1 of Pilar's book. It doesn't tell you how writing should be done. It gives you a panorama of options. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ken C.