- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 5 Exp Upd edition (August 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935247026
- ISBN-13: 978-1935247029
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script 5 Exp Upd Edition
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But that's why people write - to tell their own stories and find their own way... This book stresses structure and the 3 act format, which is important, but it also stresses right brain imagination exercises and formatting and selling, and all the other stuff that goes along with writing.
In retrospect, I wish I would have read this ONE book 10 times, then read the other 10 books on screenwriting that I have read. David Trottier covers it all in this one book, trust me. Or don't, and drop another $200 on screenwriting books that you end up trashing or giving to the goodwill.
Further, the book is updated frequently to stay current. And, certainly fits as a main book for referencing later on after you're well into your screenwriting efforts. A terrific book!
I cannot recommend this enough. Pick it up and turn to any page and learn something fun, creative and also about "The Biz" you want to get into.
I didn't need a book to tell me what to say, but to get it out of my brain and onto paper quickly.
I had picked up 5 books over the years but this one did the trick.
I read it every night and revised my script as I went through it.
My suggestions for a first time writer:
1) First, write out your plot, ideas, thoughts and key concepts in a free flow style in a separate text file.
2) Second, let the last page of your screenplay be the "cutting room floor". That way you won't have to regret deletions and in the end you will see the evolution of your thinking and script as that last page grows. It can also contain those directorial notes that you shouldn't put in the main script, but may figure out how to include later!
Now where are those chocolate snacks?
The real reason to buy this book, and the reason nearly everyone does is for the formatting section. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.