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The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problems Paperback – February 17, 1998
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Lecturing on about how important it is to adapt one's script to the right format, and constant nagging on about avoiding talking heads, the author himself could have considered checking up on some of his own advice on how to keep the reader's interest, and avoiding dull and uninteresting writing.
I forced myself to continue through the 3-8 chapter (of a total of 22) with the cod-liver-oil-attitude; "I hate this, but I must - it's supposed to be good for me". Repeating sentences every ten minutes might function well in the author's classroom lecturing, but on print it's overly annoying. Especially when nothing really new seems to surface after chapter one. Sorry, but I got the feeling that somebody is trying to "squeeze some extra dollars out of me by using a well selling name", rather than was my hope; a sharing of real knowledge... hopefully made out of the urge to tell something of real value. Isn't this the perfect example of the wrong motivation for writing, the very same as the author is urging his reader no to do?
A much better read, and far more comprehensive, informative and enlightening, I find Linda Seger's book "How to make a good script great" which I am currently enjoying.
The only place I had trouble was in following his screenplay examples since I hadn’t seen most of the films. But, if I took it upon myself to see them, I’m sure Field’s remarks would make a lot of sense.
Also, the book was last copyrighted in 1998. While the basics are surely there, a little updating might have been in order.
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This is one of the best books I've read on the art of diagnosing and editing screenplay problems. I got much more out of this in one sitting than going through years of weekly... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Richard M. Santoro
Syd Field was a professional on many levels and following up his collection of books with a problem solver was genius.Published 22 months ago by MJ Brewer
I know people seem to have strong feelings one way or another on this book. I personally loved it, and found it to be a very informative and helpful primer on the subject.Published on July 24, 2014 by Just An Opinion
I bought this book to catch up on ways to motivate myself when writing my scripts. I run into problems with scenes that don't fit and the book easily explains what to do. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Jim
Amazing book, Syd is the king of the screenplay, this is just one of several essential books for any screenwriter.Published on November 20, 2013 by Thomas J. Ryan
a unique problem solver for troubleshooters...
I guess my brevity didn't qualify so well golly gee whiz I don't know what else to say
It's a great addition to any... Read more
There is nothing in this book that isn't in a million other books on screenwriting. Field's own "Screenplay" covers the same ground as this (and more) and does so in a more... Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by ANDE