- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 3rd edition (February 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935247018
- ISBN-13: 978-1935247012
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Linda Seger runs a leading film script consultancy, and is author of ten books. She is an international authority on screenwriting. She has a number of earned degrees and a doctorate in Drama and Theology. A practicing Quaker, she lives in Colorado Springs.
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Top customer reviews
To be frank, anyone can write, just like anyone can act, drive a car or any other function but with writing, there's no telling what you're good at or interesting in writing about until you learn some simple yet effective shortcuts from this helpful book.
This is exactly what every professional needs in the arsenal. It really is a thorough dismantel of the script. Linda discusses common mistakes and remedies them. Reading and applying the knowledge in this book should improve any screenwriter. Give Linda your money now.
On the low
- I wouldn't recommend this for a beginner. There's a lot of nitpicking. It will probably have most of you worrying so much that you will never finish your script. Write your script first, then rewrite it a few times, then read Linda's book, then rewrite it 6 more times. :)
- A lot of it feels like common sense to me and I get tired of the example movies, especially if I haven't seen the movie. Zzzzz..... I get the urge to skip over several paragraphs in each chapter to make it move faster and I find myself telling to the author "Yeah, I get it."
- I think that a lot of what is in this book can be driven out of oneself with the proper attitude... something along the lines of "Appreciate your readers time."
Pair this with a basic book on formatting and your screenwriting library should be near complete. Beyond that, read and write screenplays until you can write a great screenplay yourself. Then call Linda up so she can tell you what to fix in yours!
The only complaint I have--which is a very minor one--is that sometimes she puts things in a different order than I would. For example, in some paragraphs and sentences, she saves the best part for the last, whereas I would notice these things more if she put them at the beginning, instead. But, that is just a personal peeve, which in no way detracts from her excellent advice.
Overall, I think a reader/student of screenplay writing should start with this book. Then, I would suggest Syd Field's book The Screenwriter's Problem Solver, followed by Michael Hauge's How To Write A Screenplay That Sells. Each of these two other books has invaluable information in it, but I think Dr. Seger's book might be a better place to start.
Again, Dr. Seger writes very readably and offers her wonderful advice in understandable language, with good examples to illustrate whatever point she is trying to make.
This book is a must!