Finish the Script!: A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form

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Finish The Script! is a screenwriting book for anyone who wants to be a writer. It takes a step-by-step approach and focuses not only on theory but also on the actual writing process. It’s a full college course squeezed into book form that will take novice writers from concept through rewrite. Based on actual class lectures and assignments, Finish the Script! is for any writer looking for that extra push and guidance.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; .001 edition (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492820865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492820864
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on May 4, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Easy to follow.

Five Stars

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2015
By carla price
Love this book. It allows me to actually write my script while reading.

Five Stars

 on February 11, 2015
By Barrykp8
Great book. Full of inspiration

Five Stars

 on March 23, 2015
By Martin M.
Thank you.

The perfect 101 for will-be screenwriters

8 people found this helpful.
 on May 24, 2016
By Kevin Tumlinson
Most would-be screenwriters have a drawer (or a desktop folder) filled with “starts.” These are the great ideas we had that we actually took some action on, but ended up dropping before getting through Act I. The first key to success in screenwriting (or any type of writing) is to actually FINISH the script!

A very useful little intro to screenwriting

One person found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2017
By Bill Pen
This is a little book compared to the major book in the field, but it has what you need, and it’s very helpful. I’d be willing to use this for a textbook in class. What I really hate about this book is the constant use of singular antecedents with plural pronouns. I realize that some authorities find this acceptable, due to a desire to avoid offending women, but the effect is graceless. There are better ways of dealing with the problem, such as using plural antecedents. King’s constant use of this renders his prose clunky.

Inspiring and Fun

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 31, 2013
By C. Rogers
I love how the author writes (and re-writes) a sample screenplay in this book, sharing the experience of trial and error, identifying what works and what doesn’t. The format is perfect for someone who is actively working on a script; each section explains a step of the process and gives you an assignment as well as an understanding of how to evaluate whether or not you have successfully completed it. Whether you’re starting from scratch or wanting to strengthen a script you’ve worked on previously, “Finish the Script!” will inspire you to do exactly that!

Solid Writing Advise for the Price of a Coffee

6 people found this helpful.
 on August 27, 2013
By E. L. Moore
There’s a lot of good advice included in this quick read for anyone wanting to write a screenplay, comic or book. Although it’s more geared (as the title implies) at screenwriting, the advice included is useful enough to be of value to any creative writing project. It takes you on a fairly straight forward path from an idea you have bouncing around in your head, to probably the hardest part of writing – rewriting. Each step of the way, I found the book was able to balance the need to coax beginners through while at the same time providing a guide that can easily be held onto and followed as your experience grows. Definitely recommended for anyone who has an itch to write and a desire to create.

A Writer’s Must-Have Tool

4 people found this helpful.
 on September 4, 2013
By DLouder
I’ve read a bunch of screenwriting books and this is one of the best. The author doesn’t waste time on theories or odd philosophies. He gets down and dirty walking you through the process of how to write a screenplay. From forming your idea, to fleshing it out, to making it through the first draft, “Finish The Script!” walks you through the whole process.

An Easy To Read, Well Rounded Introduction To Screenwriting

4 people found this helpful.
 on November 4, 2013
By Michael Regina
I recently have been in the trenches reworking my own script and found myself feeling far more frustrated than inspired. I picked up Scott’s book with hopes it rejuvenate myself into working on it again with fresh eyes. I wasn’t disappointed. This book is a fantastic tool for new writers and seasoned ones. Its chapters are easy and provide clarity as Scott distills topic that other books make far too complex (elevator pitches), into an easy to understand process of understanding your story better. I found myself, on several occasions, feeling like the lightbulb had switched on and I could understand how to better construct my own work.

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