Thursday 2 October 2014

Book Review: Complete Screenwriting Course (Teach Yourself Series)

Title: Complete Screenwriting Course
Author: Charles Harris
Teach Yourself - John Murray Press
Publication Date: 17 October 2014
Pages: 288
Format:  E-Book - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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Designed to take you from the moment you first put your pen to paper to the point at which you are ready to start pitching or directing your completed screenplay, this is the most important book on screenwriting you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of writing for film and television, the art of words, dialogue and scene-setting, and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice. It gives you the background to each different area of screenwriting, and the skills you'll need to succeed. Unlike any other book on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focusing on how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team, which courses you do - and don't - need, and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available. (Goodreads Synopsis)

The Complete Screenwriting Course is a comprehensive book that covers all aspects of writing for the screen from initial research to selling your script and finding an agent. The chapters present the information in a way that is easy to digest with plenty of examples and exercises to help along the way.

This is a great read for anyone interested in screenwriting and would also be of interest to fiction writers given it contains useful chapters on plotting and character development.

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