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Your Idea Machine (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 1) by [Martell, William C.]
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  • 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
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There are lots of books on writing structure out there, but very few (that I have found) on creativity. Although this book is aimed at screenwriters, this fact does not at all prevent novelists from absorbing Martell's excellent advice on generating great ideas. Strong left-brainers like me will probably find the entire book's pinpoint focus on idea creation refreshing and invaluable.

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?
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Martell knows more about successful screenwriting than any 10 other *gurus.* But MOST IMPORTANTLY, he can communicate what he knows to you. And that's what counts. He must have digested every movie made in the last 80 years, and can teach you to differentiate between what works and what doesn't. Since you've only got 24 hours in a day, spend as much of it as you can with someone who can help you. Suggestion: consume everything this guy produces. Looking forward to more Blue Books on Kindle.
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You might not guess it from the covers or the (lack of) proofreading, but Martell’s books are absolute gems. Although aimed at screenwriters, the vast majority of what he suggests is just as pertinent to novelists as well. Here, he offers wonderful tips on not just optimizing the ability to come up with ideas, but also on figuring out what a good idea is and how to hammer it into a unique and viable story premise.
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It's amazing how much great advice and humor William Martell puts out daily on a non-paid basis. Don't have $3 for a book? Visit his website. Want to chat with him? He's on facebook and twitter. He couldn't be friendlier or more accessible and he earns a living writing screenplays. He's not a "those who can't do, teach" seminar perennial, he lives it and gives back to other writers. And he not only tells you what to do to write great scripts, he gives examples - LOTS of examples. Even a fool like me gets it. Can't wait to download more of the series as they come out. Thanks, Bill!
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By RP on January 26, 2012
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What I respect most about Bill Martell is that he's not some never-was trying to convince aspiring screenwriters that if they just follow some formula, they'll write a script that sells. Martell is not about formulas. Instead of trying to come up with some paint-by-numbers crap, he analyzes the things that make up actual produced scripts (both his own and others most of us are familiar with), including the ideas behind them, and explains the difference between an idea for a movie and an idea for a movie that actually has a chance of becoming a movie. He also gives the readers several exercises to help then generate their own ideas, all the while noting how important it is to have several great ideas at any given moment.

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.
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William C. Martell never ceases to amaze me. I held off on getting this book because I've read a handful of other books claiming to be "idea" books and they all sucked (can I use that word on Amazon?). But, after reading his other Kindle books, I decided to give this one a try and let me just say... it was so good it made my ears tickle. I mean, seriously!

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.
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Some people really love what they do and it shows in their work. Bill Martell loves screenwriting and it shows. His books and CDs are brimming with an enthusiasm for this difficult art form that's hard to conceal. Joy has always been and will always be a constitutive component of creative work. Martell's books exude that joy and this one is no exception.

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.
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