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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Write a ROUGH DRAFT of a Movie in 21 Days, October 3, 2005
This review is from: How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method (Paperback)
I've used this book not only to write screenplays (one of which I sold for a very nice sum) but also to write a novel. This book contains a lot of information, and you honestly don't need to (and shouldn't) follow all of it. But, if you need something to get you started and to at least get you to that point where you have a rough, tangible manuscipt in your hands, this is a good book to get you there.

Following the regimen this book prescribes, you WILL write yourself a rough draft of a screenplay in twenty-one days. But then, you'll probably need to spend months, maybe even years, working on it some more.

You should know that, but that's not to say you shouldn't use this book. You should. It will help you get started, and it will give you good advice. Don't take it as unbreakable law though, because ultimately it's just some experienced person's opinion. I recommend buying it though, and I recommend using it with "Elements of Style for Screenwriting" by Paul Argentini, which is just a good, alphebetized, glossary of screenplay terms; the good, old-fashioned "Elements of Style" by Strunk and White (especially their notes on using the active voice); and a stack of actual screenplays. Between all of these, you have the chance to write something great.
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