Now Write! Screenwriting: Screenwriting Exercises From Today’s Best Writers and Teachers

Edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson

A treasure trove of practical advice and writing exercises, straight from the personal stashes of top screenwriters and teachers.

“Verdict: this guide stands out from the crowd by incorporating the techniques of a variety of different screenwriters rather than just one professional’s approach. Highly recommended for readers interested in writing, screenwriting, film, and storytelling.” – Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., CA for Library Journal 

Now Write! Screenwriting is an essential handbook featuring over 90 insightful screenwriting exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of RAGING BULL, ALI, TERMINATOR 2, GROUNDHOG DAY, CAPE FEAR, Lost, True Blood, The Walking Dead, and many other hit films and television shows. (Contributors page.)
This lively and easy-to-read guide provides creative writing prompts, inspiration and valuable insights for aspiring and experienced screenwriters alike.
• Let Mardik Martin (RAGING BULL, MEAN STREETS) teach you why conflict is the most important part of a plot.
• Find out how Stephen Rivele (ALI, NIXON) reduces his screenplay ideas to their most basic elements.
• Learn from Christina Kim (Lost) why sometimes it’s best to write what you don’t know.
• Discover a lesson from Danny Rubin (GROUNDHOG DAY) on dealing with plot holes.
These masters of narrative reveal their secrets of storytelling—which will thrill not only aspiring screenwriters, but anyone interested in learning more about story craft and how some of their favorite screenplays came to be written.
Available at: bookstores and on-line at Penguin Random House, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s and Amazon.

Also available in Chinese from China Remnin Publisher.


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