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This book will show writers how to develop their ideas into a finished novel by working through it in 7 stages, while learning how to mapping out their story's progress and structure so they can evaluate and improve their work. It teaches writers to visualize their story's progress with a story map that helps them see all the different components of their story, where these components are ...
This book will show writers how to develop their ideas into a finished novel by working through it in 7 stages, while learning how to mapping out their story's progress and structure so they can evaluate and improve their work. It teaches writers to visualize their story's progress with a story map that helps them see all the different components of their story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what's missing.
The book simplifies Aristotle's elements of good writing (a.k.a. that each story should have a beginning, a middle and an end) into easily applicable concepts that will help writers improve their craft. The author helps readers strengthen their work by teaching them how to focus on one aspect of their story at a time, including forming stories and developing ideas, building strong structures, creating vibrant characters, and structuring scenes and transitions. Thought-provoking questions help writers more objectively assess their story's strengths and weaknesses so they may write the story they want to tell.
Posted March 13, 2012
This book combines the collaborative efforts of a multitude of writers and workshops dealing specifically with screenwriting. Hence, it's sort of a cliff-notes to writing your first draft, along with the elements you need to keep the re-write process going. However, it's also presented in an almost maternal, or nurturing manner to help the budding writer get through the road blocks leading to living the writers life.
I have read many screenwriting books, taken courses, and attended workshops, and Dodd has managed to include everything I learnt from all of them, while noting any parallel terms that just drive you crazy.
From starting, to setting, to mapping (not outlining - which blocks the creative flow), to character development, to dialogue, through to the Hero's Journey and character arch's - this book covers it in a crazy user-friendly manner.
Ive seen other people review it as mediocre, and it may be because it opens with setting up a writers lifestyle, which I personally needed, but know others who did not. If you want to jump right in start at chapter 2. Make sure you answer the questions along the way. When you get stuck it will pull you out of the writers block --> The culmination of which by the way concludes the basis of what you learn in a screenwriting MFA, though minus the group feedback which is essential to writing.
Reading this book will give you a broad basis, and if you read other books in screenwriting after it, you will understand it better based on what you've already learnt.
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Posted April 23, 2012
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