Thursday, January 04, 2007

Writing a screenplay

Over the last few days, I've had a couple people tell me they're starting to explore writing screenplays. The folks in question are very visual writers, so I can hardly wait to see what they write. Watch out, world.

If you're also looking into writing for the silver screen, or even if you're interested in strengthening your story-telling skills, you owe it to yourself to check out the unfortunately named How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki King. It's a quick read but a good one, and covers story development in a concise, readable way.

Of course, Robert McKee's Story and anything Syd Field ever wrote are worth checking out, too, but if you're short on time and long on ambition, read the King book and you'll be off. Another terrific resource is Laurie Hutzler's Emotional Toolbox site (and she's taught at UCLA, which offers an online MFA program in screenwriting), and of course, if you're writing romantic comedy, no matter what medium you're in, Billy Mernit's Writing the Romantic Comedy belongs on your shelf.

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