Break Into Screenwriting, 5th Edition: A Teach Yourself Guide (Teach Yourself: General Reference)

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This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters. Its aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills you need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to give you guidance on how to approach the industry as a whole. Focusing on every aspect of screenwriting, from how to set about the writing process to how to develop your characters, plot and structure, this book will give you all the guidance you need to break into this highly competitive industry and make a career for yourself as a screenwriter. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding of screenwriting. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself: General Reference
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (March 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071785337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071785334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Aspiring Screenwriter’s Bible

One person found this helpful.
 on February 18, 2015
By Lipton101
THE BOOK FOR THE ASPRING SCREENWRITER. PERIOD. But since brevity has never been a strength of mine, I’ll continue. Of everything I’ve come across, including “Story” by Robert McKee, this book trumps them all. It packs the informative punch of a textbook, yet it’s as readible as a Stephen King thriller for those seriously looking to learn the craft. Have your highlighter in hand. Dog ear a few pages. UTILIZE EVERY SUGGESTED EXERCISE. Watch the recommended films (frankly though, if you havn’t already seen most of them then why are you looking to write a movie?). Read this book once, twice, ten times. This book will not make just anybody the next Aaron Sorkin, but if you’re patient enough and actually want to teach yourself something, then this is the tool to use. My copy is torn and stained highlighted to high hell, but it’s practically my bible when I get home at night after my day job to take just a few more short steps towards my dream…

One of the Top 10 Books on Screenwriting

 on April 18, 2014
By Jeffrey F. Gold
This is the updated version of one of my favorite screenwriting books. I recommend this as the second book to read, after Irwin Blacker’s The Elements of Screenwriting, for any serious, beginning screenwriter. Other books are by Robert McKee, Christopher Vogler, Dara Marks, Ronald Tobias, and a few others.

Worth buying

 on July 27, 2017
By Peter William Greer
Excellent book. Tells you everything you need to know.

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