- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Collins Reference; Anniversary edition (March 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061791431
- ISBN-13: 978-0061791437
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scripts, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge walks readers through every step of writing and selling successful screenplays. If you read only one book on the screenwriter's craft, this must be the one.
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My screenwriting ambitions may never become more than ambitions, but I can honestly say that this book has already immeasurably increased my enjoyment and understanding of the art of storytelling, both in books and on the screen. Bravo!
-Simplify and streamline your story to keep it focused on your hero's main goal
-Create sympathetic characters
-Chart your main plot and individual arcs for multiple characters
-Write more effective dialogue
I definitely recommend it for any screenwriter (or novelist)!