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Here’s what started the phenomenon: The best seller, for over , that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny, and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat! is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying.
Street smarts from a publishing insider: This book offers a wealth of tips, tricks, and savvy advice to writers from college students to experienced authors and includes useful information about the publishing process.
In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.
This book grew out of the teaching and writing experiences of the authors, over thirty years. It presents the fundamental principles of creative writing and illustrates them with both student and professional writing.
Translating that initial flash of inspiration into a complete story requires careful crafting. So how do you keep your story from beginning slowly, floundering midway, and trailing off at the end? Nancy Kress shows you effective solutions for potential problems at each stage of your story—essential lessons for strong start-to-finish storytelling.
Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: They have to be made. This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars, chisels, mallets, pliers and tongs. Use them to pry, chip, yank and sift good characters out of the place where they live in your imagination. Award-winning author Orson Scott Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoint in novels and short stories.
Offers step-by-step instructions on how to use conflict, action, and suspense to generate drama in fiction writing, discussing stage-setting, openings, cliff-hangers, mood and atmosphere, character development, misdirection, pacing, and other techniques.
Details how to use the element of description properly in fiction writing and different ways to apply description techniques. Includes samples of work by such noted writers as Mark Helprin and Anne Tyler.
Offers advice for fiction writers on how to create, develop, and fix plots, providing a definition of plot and discussing viewpoint shifts, flashbacks, subplots, narration, melodrama, and other topics.
Examines the importance of setting in fiction writing, discussing the use of setting to unify the story and advance the plot; looking at how setting affects character, adds meaning and vitality, and creates atmosphere; and considering other related topics.
Voice and style are tangible as air, and just as real. Readers hear “voice” in the overall sound of your story and in the thoughts and words of your characters. They sense “style” in the way you pull these currents together, creating the magnetism that unifies all the other elements of your fiction. Your voice, your style will make readers remember you and seek out your work.