Act Two Secrets (Screenwriting Blue Books)

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Do you have the Act Two Blues?

Having problems with the middle of your screenplay? Running out of steam halfway through? Getting caught in subplots and slow spots? You may be having Act Two problems! Act Two has a reputation for being the hardest to write. This Blue Book will take you through the desert of Act Two, showing you how to solve those Act Two Blues!

Subjects Include: What Is Act Two? Inside Moves, The 2 Ps: Purpose & Pacing, The 4Ds: Dilemma, Denial, Drama and Decision, Momentum, the Two Act Twos, Subplot Prisms, Deadlines, Drive, Levels Of Conflict, Escalation, When Act Two Begins and When Act Two Ends, Scene Order, Bite Sized Pieces, Common Act Two Issues, Plot Devices For Act Two, and dozens of others. Over 67,000 words (that’s well over 200 pages) of tools and techniques to get you through the desert of Act Two alive!

Product Details

  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (February 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: February 12, 2013
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BF7WSNO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Possibly the most important how-to writing book, ever

 on May 10, 2017
By Aisling D.
Sooner or later, most fiction writers hit the midpoint of a story, and the book’s energy vanishes. (When I’m writing, my enthusiasm for the story seems to escape like air from a Whoopee cushion, but without giggles.)

Works for Novels, too…

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 28, 2013
By Just My Opinion….
One of the things I really appreciated about this Blue Book was that although it is written primarily by and for the screenwriters out there, the author frequently points out where the advice deviates for fiction/novels, etc. Film is (obviously) a strictly visual medium, so you can do different things with the image vs. the written word. the author touches on these differences as he goes through Act Two. Sometimes it is obvious, sometime a bit more obscure, but I appreciate the duality addressed.

This book is written by a professional screenwriter and offers …

 on August 15, 2017
By Kindle reader
This book is written by a professional screenwriter and offers numerous examples from real movies about all the various narrative techniques a screenwriter must use to maintain the viewer’s attention through Act II. Anyone interested in writing a ¨page turner¨ will benefit form learning and applying the tips in this book. I look forward to reading more on this series.

Great Content, Too Many Typos

One person found this helpful.
 on August 30, 2016
By KNHY
This really should be a five-star review, because the book is excellent. Great concepts, great examples and lots of great idea-starters for anyone in the writer’s block. But there is at least one careless typo on every page. It’s very distracting and degrades the content. I enjoyed the book and took many notes that I will apply to my little writing project, but one more round of editing would have been much appreciated.

Five Stars

 on February 24, 2016
By Juan Taylor
This Blue Book shows how to get through Act 2 when the story is prone to slow down. All kinds of tools are mentioned to keep things going.

Among the best series of screenwriting books there are

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 18, 2014
By Robert Dent
These Blue Books are easily the best screenwriting books I have ever read, and deserve 6/5 stars. However, I almost gave this 2 stars due to the shocking amount of spelling mistakes in the book. I don’t want to turn off people from purchasing this book, though, hence the 4 star rating. Content alone is 5 stars, and if I am informed that these ridiculously easy to catch spelling mistakes have been fixed, I will gladly up my rating to 5 stars.

Martell Nails It!

 on August 29, 2013
By A. Anders
All of Bill Martell’s “Blue Books” are just fantastic. Now that the screenwriting magazines we knew and love have gone away, These books fill the gap with a much-needed and very useful “writing school” in a book. And you can carry all of them around in a little bitty pocket sized iPhone or iPod, ready to reference in a heartbeat, without losing your train of thought on that award-winning story you’re developing. How’s that for convenience? This title is particularly handy, since we all know how long and hard that middle 60 pages can be to fill! With Bill’s book, you’ll fill those pages with powerful scenes and interesting characters doing interesting things. Must have!

Brilliant – as always

 on April 17, 2013
By W. Thielemans
The biggest Blue Book to date, loaded up with an avalanche of practical advice to avoid the act 2 slump and keep your screenplay burning on all cilinders right up to the very end.

Keep Your Story Moving

One person found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2015
By Ramon Rojas
Great information and comparisons with other movie scripts. For example, how does a writer write emotion in a screenplay for it to play well on film?

Most excellent and most helpful

 on August 21, 2013
By Burton J. Brown
We all would like to think of our selves as great writers. I mean, how hard an it be right? Friends keep saying, “Hey what a cool idea! That would make a great movie!” And so you begin to write one day and at about page 30 it hits you; this is really hard. But you persevere. That’s code for flounder. You’ve got no act two and a bad one! But then you find this Blue Book and the clouds clear. Check it out its well worth the effort and it’s damn near free!

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