- File Size: 307 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: First Strike Productions; Revised Edition edition (July 24, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EE649S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One specific concept in the book was particularly helpful to me in squashing a lot of self-doubt. As I brainstorm ideas that excite me, I often notice--right then or later--that my "fresh" idea has actually already been done before, and then I get discouraged that my idea is not original enough for a novel. Martell goes into this at length near the end of the book: he explains not only the value but the near inevitability of recycling old ideas. The trick is to make them unique, universal, and personal (read the book to get more on this).
I'm going to rate it 5 because it helped me so much, but if I could rate it 4 1/2 I would, and for one reason only: an abundance of typos and formatting issues in the Kindle version. There are scores of omitted and misspelled words, and one large section in the middle of the book is actually duplicated. The proofreading, editing, and formatting was obviously rushed through.
Other than that, this book is GREAT read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who feels that their creativity is mechanical and stiff. I believe it will give you a whole new perspective as well as the tools necessary to create quality ideas that will get your novel or manuscript SOLD. After all, isn't that the ultimate goal?
Even those who have written a few screenplays can benefit from this book. We all need more ideas, after all, and training ourselves to think in terms of turning our good ideas into better (or even great) ones is really what this book is all about.
As always, William offers advice and examples that no one else ever thinks to offer. All I have to do is open his books and my mind is opened to possibilities that I would've never imagined without him. William is brilliant and his books are worth every penny and more. I've never been so satisfied with a purchase as I have been with his books.
If you're serious about your writing, then William Martell is the way to go. Let him be your guide. Listen to him. Do what he says. And your writing will improve a hundred fold. I know mine did.
What the screenwriter of 19 produced films does in this volume is to allow us look over his shoulder while he is putting together exciting film ideas out of nothing and everything. You know the saying: give a man a fish and it'll feed him for a day. But teach him how to fish, and he'll be well-fed for a lifetime. In this book, Martell teaches us how to fish.
It seems like nothing is irrelevant to Martell when it comes to grabbing interesting ideas, inverting them, changing them, putting make-up on them, making them sit side by side with another idea or two, or throwing a bunch of ideas up in the air and watching them fall together in permutations and combinations that did not exist before...
From newspaper clippings to something you might hear in a shopping mall, from already existing movie titles to childhood dreams and nightmares... anything can inspire an idea if you only know how to use them, and Martell shows exactly how. He's been there. He's done that. You'll benefit if you listen.
When you finish this very inspiring and practical book, a light bulb somewhere within the recesses of your mind switches on: your WHOLE LIFE is an "Idea Machine" that's constantly humming, buzzing, and jumping all around you 24-7, if you pay a little attention, take notes, and play with them like a child would. Martell shows you how, with a lot of tips, examples, and exercises.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Blue Book gives writer's tips and tools in order to come up with story ideas. Martell has much experience with coming up with story ideas in Hollywood so he can claim some... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I always thought it would be difficult to find ideas. Not anymore. Great book.Published 5 months ago by tferreira
I read a lot of screenwriting book and Martell is the best .
For me this book is the most important because i don't want to waste time and energy on a bad idea ! Read more
An excellent prompt for ideas, especially for the screenwriter.Published 10 months ago by changes21st
It is the idea machine. All of his books help me. Martell has no nonsense, easy to follow advice. I feel my writing improve with each read.Published 12 months ago by Robin Grossman
This clear and concise ebook helped me generate some unique ideas for a screenplay I am writing. I would recommend it to those who are struggling to find those creative ideas as... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Karam Ezzideen
I found it all very basic and obvious. "get ideas from headlines" or "combine two different ideas"… that kind of thing. Waste of money.Published on May 27, 2014 by Kevnard
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