The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting (fully revised edition)

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Now fully revised! The Screenwriting Book recommended by an Oscar Winning Screenwriter and a Screenwriter with *Four* of the Top Twenty Box Office Movies Of All Time! The old version sells on Amazon for $399 (check it out!).

The old version was 240 pages packed with tips and techniques – the new version is fully expanded with new chapters and is over 500 pages! Real techniques from a working professional screenwriter that you won't find anywhere else! Let the other books tell you about the 3 act structure! This book covers: How to write a plot twist, the four kinds of suspense (and how to create it), reversals to keep your description exciting, ten ways to invent new action scenes, secrets and lies, creating the ultimate villain, five kinds of love interests, creating effective violence, is sex necessary?, theme, using magnification to create kick ass stories, weapons for weirdos, plans for world destruction and/or domination, four ways to explode cliches, twelve steps to a more focused script, *every* type of hero, emotional action scenes, your script's DNA, pre-story goal and the connection to story goal, pacing, *how* to plot, giving them something extra, and more…. Plus a complete analysis of the classic DIE HARD!

Though this book focuses on the Action and Thriller genres, the information can be used in any genre. This is the book professional screenwriters recommend!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1102 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (December 10, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2011
  • Sold by: ¬†Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Essential reading for writing (books or screenplays) in ANY genre

2 people found this helpful.
 on April 6, 2017
By Aisling D.
Forget the “action” part of the title. Forget the “screenwriting” part, as well. If you’re writing fiction, you need to read this book. (This, and his “Act Two” book, at the VERY least.)

Lots of Useful Info, But Repetitious

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 6, 2015
By Mitch
I have all of Martell’s screenwriting blue books for the Kindle. I’ve been making my way through them, post reviews as I complete them.

ESSENTIAL tools you will not find elsewhere

One person found this helpful.
 on September 14, 2016
By ostarahw
I couldn’t speak more highly of this book. If you are semi-experienced to pro you will know as soon as you read the summary, and then the book, why. He lays out all the tools we work so studiously to extract from studying script after script and film after film. He has a gift for putting together all those loose ends we have been working so hard to tie together in a cohesive theory, or tool box. You will not regret buying this book, it will be a huge relief.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on February 24, 2016
By Juan Taylor
This book by William Martell is jam-packed with tips and tools to create great action films but are also useful for storytelling generally.

The Bible of Action Screenplay Writing

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 29, 2011
By Ugur Akinci
I waited for this book to be available at this price for a very long time since its only available paper copies on Amazon were previously selling for over three hundred dollars! Now you can have its Kindle edition for only $9.99 — a steal. Long Live Kindle!

Before You Write Another Word

 on November 23, 2013
By J Carl
Crash, boom, bang! Out of all of William Martell’s books, this one was my favorite. Please, though, do not be misled by the title. This book is not just for screenwriting and it’s not just for action scripts. The principles laid out here are for everyone and for every story in every medium. William Martell is a master instructor.


 on July 18, 2014
By JennC.
WOW…… I bought ONE e-book yesterday…, glanced through it…….and feel in love with it!! It was exactly what I needed. Then I bought another one, then another and pretty soon, I had all 9 blue books in my kindle reader… I have not been to bed. I have been reading for about 10-12 hrs now — straight through the night.. Using my writing software, I created a “general notes” area with 5, 10, 15 and so forth for my outline scenes. These book are absolutely perfect for what I needed. I am so impressed. Yes, some of this has been said before, but the amount of instructions and the amount of examples hones it to the bone.

A few good tips in here that should improve anyone’s script.

 on November 8, 2017
By Tezza
Some good tips in here that should improve anyone’s script.

Desperately needed this book, thanks to Amazon Kindle, our need fulfilled.

 on June 28, 2014
By Amazon Customer
Mr. William C. Martell is a very busy screenwriter hence he did a right thing to publish it with additional chapters and new examples. It is a Bible for screenwriting. I have already purchased all Blue Books in Amazon Kindle ebooks format. It is worth investment than nominal price per eBook. At least this books are practically applied science of professional screenwriting career. Once again thanks to Mr. William C. Martell to update these ebooks time to time. Hope he will release more Blue Books soon on Amazon Kindle. One request about Page Numbers required which is missing due to frequent upgradation. If it is possible by kindle program.

Highly Recommended

 on April 27, 2014
By Kenneth Wick
William Martell’ Blue Books are excellent. No doubt I’ll refer to or read them again.

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