- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: WingSpan Publishing; First Edition edition (October 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595940286
- ISBN-13: 978-1595940285
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 124 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...provides plenty of techniques, including the most comprehensive and practical discussion on dialogue that I have seen. -- Scr(i)pt Magazine-Mar./Apr. 2006
From the Back Cover
ITS NOT ABOUT PLOT POINTS. ITS NOT ABOUT ACT STRUCTURE. ITS NOT ABOUT CHARACTER. ITS ABOUT EMOTION!
There are three kinds of feelings when reading a story boredom, interest, and WOW! To become a successful writer you must create that WOW! feeling on as many pages as possible, and this requires writing that engages the reader emotionally.
In his best-selling 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, screenwriter Karl Iglesias explored the working habits of A-list Hollywood scribes. Now, he breaks new ground by focusing on the psychology of the reader. Based on his acclaimed classes at UCLA Extension, Writing for Emotional Impact goes beyond the basics and argues that Hollywood is in the emotion-delivery business, selling emotional experiences packaged in movies and TV shows. Karl not only encourages you to deliver emotional impact on as many pages as possible, he shows you how, offering you hundreds of dramatic techniques to take your writing to the professional level. Youll learn:
- Over 40 techniques to humanize a character for instant empathy. - The seven essential storytelling emotions and over 70 techniques to create them. - Over 50 ways to craft powerful scenes, including the Emotional Palette. - Over 30 techniques to shape your words and energize your narrative description. - The most common dialogue flaws and fixes for each. - Over 60 techniques to craft dynamic dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops off the page.
"Not only does Karl Iglesias get emotion, he shares insider secrets for moving the reader from tears to laughter and everywhere in between. This is a must-have book for every screenwriter, director, and producer." -Rosa Graham, president of Find The Funny
"Reading Writing for Emotional Impact will shake up your world. This is the book that tears through the clutter so that you can write from the heart." -Michael Lent, author Breakfast With Sharks, co-producer Hard Scrambled
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I am a fiction writer and this book is aimed at screenplay writers but I thought I'd give it a whirl.
The book promises to not talk about basics and only more advanced topics. What I found was that most of the lessons seemed very obvious to me, so I am wondering what about them is not basic. There are a few gems mixed in, however, and I particularly liked the chapter on dialog.
The biggest problem with the book is the endless repetitive lists that are used as "examples". Occasionally, there is a well thought out and thoroughly presented example, but those are the exception. In general a statement is made then a reference is given to a character or scene in a movie with little or no explanation to the specifics of why or how it works. For example, create a bittersweet ending like Thelma and Louise, talk to the camera like Ferris Bueller, the leitmotif of Chinatown.
I guess the assumption is that the reader has seen and studied these endless lists of movies and can identify the scenes in them. Even if that were true, I would still have liked to see a more detailed explanation on exactly how the technique is employed and why it works.
Since reading the book, I have watched a few movies and interestingly I find myself deconstructing scenes and seeing why and how some of the things were done. That was neat. But as far as my fiction writing, I think the book was of little help to me.
Iglesias takes the challenge of making you a better writer head on. He starts out with that promise and delivers. His intent is to help you write scene by scene, paragraph by paragraph in such a way that no one could set your book down. He shows you how to ensure the reader cares about your characters and feels the character's emotions. He also points out how to make sure the reader has a takeaway that will make them talk about your story to other people.
He shows how to build tension, write snappy dialog, and deliver emotional scenes. He does this by examining movies like case studies, and does it in a way that really hooks you. There are other books that examine movie plots and dialog, but this book is an order of magnitude better than the rest.
This is the most influential book on writing I can think of. I re-wrote my manuscript after reading this book. If you get mired down in chapter one, skip it, but this book is a must read.
For any writer out there, I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ABOVE ALL OTHERS on the subject of writing.
Do I know the Author? No. Did I get the book for free? No. Is this an impartial review? Yes. This book will full on make you a better writer, and I look forward to world filled with more intriguing, engrossing books!
I'd resorted to a DIY approach to building stories and characters. I would collect my favorite TV shows, movies, and novels, and try to figure out what made certain stories or characters compelling. I made lists and it was the most helpful thing I'd done for my writing, but it was like a child trying to figure out the universe by studying the stars: fumbling and incomplete.
Writing for Emotional Impact is the map of the universe. It's a comprehensive, practical, uninhibited manual on how to make your characters and stories hit home in the real world. If this book can't help you write a good story, nothing can. It's geared towards screenwriting, but also excellent for the novelists among us.
"Writing For Emotional Impact" is bristling with incredibly useful and superbly explained advice, that will change the way you see the impact great fiction has on readers. It's almost as if Karl Iglesias reveals how some of the greatest magic tricks work -- and once you realize how it's done, and with a bit of practice, you can achieve mastery of emotional impact that feels like magic.
An absolute must read for screenwriters and novelists alike!
It teaches something very specific - How to connect the two primary emotional ARCs of a story. The emotions of the character on the page. The emotions of the audience beyond the page. Fascinating stuff and he teaches it in a very applicable format.
This earns a place on my very small keeper shelf for writing craft (right next to Swain).