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Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay

Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay

University of California PressPrice: $26.95 Free Shipping




Whoever wrote “Make ’em laugh!” knew that it’s easier said than done. But people love to laugh, and good comedy will always sell. With the help of this complete and entertaining guide, writers and would-be writers for film and television can look forward to writing comedy that goes far beyond stereotypic jokes and characters. In Laughing Out Loud, award-winning screenwriter and author Andrew Horton blends history, theory, and analysis of comedy with invaluable advice.

Using examples from Chaplin to Seinfeld, Aristophanes to Woody Allen, Horton describes comedy as a perspective rather than merely as a genre and then goes on to identify the essential elements of comedy. His lively overview of comedy’s history traces its two main branches―anarchistic comedy and romantic comedy―from ancient Greece through contemporary Hollywood, by way of commedia dell’arte, vaudeville, and silent movies. Television and international cinema are included in Horton’s analysis, which leads into an up-close review of the comedy chemistry in a number of specific films and television shows.

The rest of the book is a practical guide to writing feature comedy and episodic TV comedy, complete with schedules and exercises designed to unblock any writer’s comic potential. The appendices offer tips on networking, marketing, and even producing comedies, and are followed by a list of recommended comedies and a bibliography.




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Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling

KnopfPrice: $19.49 Free Shipping




From the internationally best-selling author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art–the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.

One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story–from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others–and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, Daemon Voices is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.



Price: $30.00 $19.49

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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded Edition: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Writer’s Digest BooksPrice: $12.86 Free Shipping




A Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award Finalist for Best Critical/Biographical Work

Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery!

To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel. This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go.

New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron shows you how to:
  • Create a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain
  • Construct a plot rich in twists, red herrings, and misdirection
  • Bring the story to a satisfying conclusion
  • Sharpen characters and optimize pace during revision
  • Seek publication through both traditional and indie paths
Filled with helpful worksheets and exercises for every step of the process, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded reveals the keys to writing a memorable story that will have fans of mystery, suspense, and crime clamoring for more.
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Price: $17.99 $12.86

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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

HarperAudioPrice: $22.95




Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing listeners with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the “magic” of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.





Price: $23.95 $22.95

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Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

Living Color: Painting, Writing, and the Bones of Seeing

Stewart, Tabori and ChangPrice: $17.11




From fill-in art journals to self-help books on creativity, more than ever the public is striving to bring artistic enlightenment into their everyday lives. In Living Color, one of the country’s most celebrated writers expounds on her own path to artistic inspiration. Tailored to a new generation of aspiring creatives, this revised and expanded edition pairs 13 of Goldberg’s engaging and encouraging essays with 75 of her paintings and 22 never-before-shared artistic exercises. This timely re-publication will speak straight to the heart of readers everywhere who want to break down creative barriers or explore their creativity anew.
Stewart Tabori Chang



Price: $24.95 $17.11

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The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel: A Complete and Concise Manual for Fiction Writers: Second Edition

The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel: A Complete and Concise Manual for Fiction Writers: Second Edition

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The New York Times Book Review said James Thayer’s “writing is smooth and clear. It wastes no words, and it has a rhythm that only confident stylists achieve.” The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel is a practical, step-by-step manual on how to craft your novel. The Essential Guide presents a set of tools for large issues such a story development and scene construction (Kirkus Reviews said Thayer’s novels are “superbly crafted,”) and it also examines techniques that will make your sentence-by-sentence writing shine “Thayer’s prose is clear and clean,” said the Seattle Times. How do the masters do it? The Essential Guide shows you the techniques of writers such as John Grisham, Maeve Binchy, Jeffery Deaver, and Charles Dickens. What makes their novels hard to put down? How do Mario Puzo, Sinclair Lewis, Patricia Cornwell and Tom Wolfe make their stories so riveting and their prose so good? The Essential Guide sets out their techniques in concise detail. Just beginning your novel? Or in the middle of the novel and needing some guidance? The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel will show you the way. Among the many topics: The six traits necessary for a successful protagonist and three more traits that will make him or her stand out. Twenty-two techniques that will make your character’s dialogue compelling. Creating dynamic settings that advance the story. Point of view-a critical skill–made easy. Five pace-killers and how to avoid them. Plotting the novel using the advantage shift. Constructing scenes to propel the reader to the next scene. “Thayer writes a vivid tale,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. In The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel, he’ll help you write your own vivid tale.



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Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Compact Edition (8th Edition)

Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Compact Edition (8th Edition)

PearsonPrice: $47.55




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A streamlined version of Kennedy/Gioia’s acclaimed literary anthology, Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Compact Edition, 8/e is a book to lead readers beyond the boundaries of self to see the world through the eyes of others. The authors developed this text with two major goals in mind: to introduce college students to the appreciation and experience of literature in its major forms and to develop students’ abilities to think critically and communicate effectively through writing.  The book is built on the assumption that great literature can enrich and enlarge the lives it touches. Both editors, literary writers themselves, believe that textbooks should be not only informative and accurate but also lively, accessible, and engaging.

 

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Price: $115.80 $47.55

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Story-Flash: Step-by-Step Technology of Plot Development (how to write a screenplay, screenwriting book, script writing, write a book, write suspense, … story structure (Story-Flash System Book 1)

Story-Flash: Step-by-Step Technology of Plot Development (how to write a screenplay, screenwriting book, script writing, write a book, write suspense, … story structure (Story-Flash System Book 1)

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Author and scriptwriter Alexander Astremsky offers a systematic approach to plot development and screenwriting. He suggests you stop “waiting for inspiration” and use the Story-Flash step-by-step technology instead. He invites you to rev up “the engine of your imagination” so that you can come up with exciting stories and design them easily, professionally and without the “throes of creation.”

The book includes such chapters as “Story Development,” “Episode Plan,” “Character Development,” “How to Make the Story as Compelling as Possible,” “How to Develop a Great Comedy Plot,” etc. It includes over 60 various practical exercises, pictures and diagrams illustrating this step-by-step process.

This book also includes the Story-Flash Game, which you can play by yourself or with others. It is not just an interesting and entertaining game, it is designed to boost your imagination with inspiration and break down the barriers in your mind that prevent you from creating brilliant stories with ease.

Would you like to know how to write stories? How to write a screenplay? How to write a book? Story-Flash is a screenwriting book that will show you how to write well, how to write faster and easier.



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Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature

Writing Life Stories: How To Make Memories Into Memoirs, Ideas Into Essays And Life Into Literature

Writer’s Digest BooksPrice: $14.52 Free Shipping




How to Make Memories into Memoirs, Ideas into Essays, and Life into Literature

From drawing a map of a remembered neighborhood to signing a form releasing yourself to take risks in your work, Roorbach offers innovative techniques that will trigger ideas for all writers.

Writing Life Stories is a classic text that appears on countless creative nonfiction and composition syllabi the world over. This updated 10th anniversary edition gives you the same friendly instruction and stimulating exercises along with updated information on current memoir writing trends, ethics, internet research, and even marketing ideas. You’ll discover how to turn your untold life stories into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs by learning to open up memory, access emotions, shape scenes from experience, develop characters, and research supporting details.

This guide will teach you to see your life more clearly and show you why real stories are often the best ones.

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Price: $16.99 $14.52

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Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath

Writing Subtext: What Lies Beneath

Michael Wiese ProductionsPrice: $12.88 Free Shipping




“What lurks in the shadows, just below waking consciousness?”
Subtext can be the most important element in text and in a performance. It’s an unseen force that speaks directly to the reader’s unconscious, deepening meaning and understanding. Great subtext reveals more than simple dialogue and action and is at the heart of the best books and films. It is what glues us to the screen.
This book goes far beyond dialogue, action, gestures, genre, and images. Written by one of the foremost script consultants in the world and the most prolific writer on screenwriting, this new edition adds new examples with chapters on analogy and love, and provides deeper explanations of how subtext works beneath the text. This edition has been expanded to be relevant to all fiction writers.Michael Wiese Productions



Price: $18.95 $12.88

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