Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Blueprint for Screenwriting: A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Synopsis

Blueprint for Screenwriting demystifies the writing process by developing a "blueprint" for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters.Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key "building blocks" of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed.A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource: *offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps; *stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and *offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts.With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Excerpt

“The inner shape of a mans life is what he writes from and about. ”

—Ross MacDonald

Blueprint for Screenwriting is designed for anyone who wants to write a screenplay from beginning screenplay writers to professionals writers. It is for you writers who want to have a blueprint to refer to when you write your script, so you'll have the correct story structure and extensive knowledge of character development.

If you complete the Blueprint for Screenwriting exercises given to you at the end of each chapter you will master the craft of structuring a story for films and television movies. Your blueprint will enable you to take your original idea and work it through until you have a completed screenplay, which will be professionally written and structured. Your well-crafted screenplay will showcase your writing ability and illustrate that you know how to structure your writing and develop memorable characters.

Think of yourself as the architect of your screenplay. Just as an architect first creates a blueprint before constructing a building, you . . .

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