Screenwriting: Step by Step

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Screenwriting: Step by Step is user-friendly basic introduction to successful screenwriting for the student and novice screenwriter. The text covers twelve steps to good screenwriting. It teaches students how to choose a theme, establish a central conflict and write a story that works as drama. The book is divided into two sections: “First Steps” which teaches students the essentials of writing drama; and “Next Steps” which teaches the essentials of writing drama expressly for film. The author's wealth of real-world experience is evident in the text's practical advice to beginning screenwriters.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205418295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205418299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Authentic, clearly presented advice for the beginning screenwriter

One person found this helpful.
 on May 18, 2014
By Murray I. Suid
I earned an MFA in screenwriting at UCLA. This led to having one script produced, and several optioned. Along the way I’ve also had a few paid writing gigs.

A Well Needed Blueprint

11 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2005
By Lone Star
Short. Simple and Sweet. The editorial review above is dead on. I’ve been writing screenplays for five years and have read most of the “definitive” books on story, structure, theme, premise etc. etc.. This book should be the first book any aspiring screenwriter should buy. In easy step by step instructions the author not only explains but illustrates the basic elements of what makes a screenplay, how to do it, how to find your protagonist/antagonist, how to create the needed conflict and how to string these together to create a coherent story and script. She doesn’t waste a lot of time on specific genre or nuance like most screenwriting books do. If you follow her steps you will have a script when your done. It won’t win an oscar but who’s first script does? Highly recommend for beginners and the advanced alike. Finding a tool that clarifies the elements of story structure, design and character dynamics is always welcome in my life. Sometimes simple is best!

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