'This rare good book on how to set about writing a popular novel is compulsory reading. Fiona McIntosh is top of the Pops.' Bryce Courtenay. Almost everybody thinks they have a book in them, or dreams of seeing their name on the cover of a book. And while there are many resources out there on the 'craft' of writing or how to find your creative voice as an 'artist', there is little by way of practical advice on how to actually set about writing genre fiction for a career. Fiona McIntosh, one of Australia's most successful commercial authors across a range of genres, is here to set the record straight, and set aspiring novelists on a realistic path. She believes that if you have a tough hide and a philosophical attitude - as well as a damn strong work ethic - anyone can make a living from popular writing. And she's here to show you how.
An Easy 10-Step Writing Process to Change You a Screenplay Millionaire
Author: Sasi Krish
Publisher: Independently Published
A director may be inspired by his story idea to his movie from any news article read or news from television. Meeting new incidents of his own or from the experiences of others may inspire a director's story idea. A film director aspirant should be open to his situation. To get new story ideas in any situation and also do not forget any particular idea, it is advisable to keep a notebook and pen always in the pocket and takes notes of any new ideas.If possible, you can join any film institute before joining as an assistant director and this will cope up your knowledge properly and you can attain success quickly in the entertainment silver screen industry.Taking any course in screenwriting to hone the story making for a movie is an important thing for any person who is interested in moviemaking. There is much good software is in the market for screenplay formatting and it can be used to save the screenplay in the computer as a soft copy is a secure way to save any story idea.Normally stories are formed based on matching three important elements such as setting of a story, hero, and what conflicts he meets. When deciding these 3 elements many different stories can be created. Take 'Titanic' movie, here the setting is the Titanic ship, the hero is Jack, and his love conflict with the villain makes the rest of the story. You can analyze these three elements in different movies and understand this important thing very well.To find a good story a director or screenwriter can search news items from newspaper or television and note it down for development. You can form a discussion team of your friends and discuss any selected idea can be discussed and written in a notebook to develop a story.As a director, you should read many big blockbuster movie scripts that are available online. By this way, you can compare how the printed script is converted into a scene and understand the visual conversion method of writing into a scene in any scene and the different styles handled by different directors. This will help you more than you work on the sets as an assistant to the big director.Make a habit of seeing different genre movies from around the world frequently and this will develop your screenplay knowledge of how to handle a story while making a movie. If possible you can often participate in the screenwriting contests online so that your work will get noticed by all sorts of creative people in the industry from around the world.You can also send your scripts to any movie festival events that happen around the world often and if possible you can participate in the movie festivals so that you can meet different directors and screenwriters and they can become your contacts to help your career in the future.Write more scripts and try new producers and send your scripts to film festivals and contests, and in this way, you can get your break soon in your career as a film director. If possible, you can develop a website for you with all your details of scripts so that your success probability will increase.Though it is essential to work as an assistant director in a film crew with a successful director or studying cinema from A to Z in a good institution is very important to make great in cinema, this book has given you the basic knowledge of what one should know while trying Cinema as their full-time life career.It is an acid test for you that if you feel this book might have made with more details or if you feel you have already known all the matters in this book already in your brain, it is the right time to join as an assistant director to a successful director.READING THIS BOOK, AGAIN AND AGAIN, WILL DIRECT YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH OF SUCCESS IN WRITING FOR FILMS AND SO READ AND GET BENEFITTED.
Writing and Selling Thriller Screenplays has the lowdown not only on getting your thriller feature script on the page, but getting it in front of producers and investors. From premise to resolution, Lucy V. Hay guides you through the craft of thriller writing, citing classic thrillers such as Psycho, The Shining, The Sixth Sense and Fatal Attraction and lesser-known gems like Red Eye, Desperate Measures, Impostor and Deviation. The book also considers how the screenplay might be sold to investors, looking at high concept ideas, pitching, packaging and the realities of film finance. Lucy V. Hay asks: what is flight vs. fight? What is the difference between horror and thriller? What are the different sub genres of thriller? What part do actors play in film finance? How can limited locations create new opportunities in storytelling and financing? Why is the lone protagonist so in demand? Why are female characters so popular in thriller? And much, much more...
Designed for all those wanting to be the next Dan Brown, this introduction to writing popular fiction will be a key addition to the writer's bookshelf. Authored jointly by a literary consultant/agent and a highly successful author, it offers not simply a guide to writing a novel but an introduction to writing a plot-based, action-focused blockbuster. It covers such key practicalities as the importance of plot, pace, action, character and the different demands of such popular commercial genres as romantic fiction, thrillers and so on. For those looking to write for a living, this book provides vital information on the process, including finding an agent and making a living as a writer. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience. TEST YOURSELF Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of how to write a blockbuster. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
The Ultimate Guide to Presenting, Marketing and Profiting Like a Champion
Author: Craig Valentine
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Category: Business & Economics
When World Class Speaker meets World Class Guerrilla Marketer, your profits explode! How would you like to become a World Class Speaker others travel far & wide to see? How would you like to turn your presentations into profit-making machines that bring in 6 figures or more each year? How would you like to speak to audiences without having to leave home? World Class Speaking is the system for you! Many books cover the art of public speaking while others cover the business side. Finally there is a book that covers both! With World Class Speaking you will learn how to build stellar presentations that keep your audiences on the edge of their seats, turn your presentations into dozens of profitable income streams, master leading-edge technologies & speak to 1000 without even leaving home, and automate your business & make passive recurring income while you sleep. World Class Speaking is the one-stop-shop for building breakthrough presentations & turning them into a solid system of ongoing income.
A Step-by-step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure & Scene
Author: Martha Alderson
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Plotting a story filled with memorable, engaging scenes from beginning to end can feel like an insurmountable challenge. Having the right plan - and the tools to execute it - can make all the difference. Writing Blockbuster Plots pulls back the curtain on story structure with step-by-step strategies and visuals that turn plotting and scene writing into a no-stress endeavor. In this completely revised and updated edition, celebrated writing instructor and plot consultant Martha Alderson helps you navigate the intricacies of story with the help of her exclusive Plot Planner and Scene Tracker tools. Using Alderson's effective, accessible techniques, you'll be able to: PLOT your story from beginning to end with a focus on dramatic action, the emotional development of your characters, and thematic significance. ENSURE that each scene contributes meaningfully to the narrative by tracking the seven essential elements of scene. LINK scenes by cause and effect to create a tight, seamless narrative. INJECT tension and conflict to keep readers glued to the page. TARGET weak areas in your story and learn how to fix them. Filled with examples from both classic and contemporary novels, as well as illustrations of the Plot Planner and Scene Tracker in action, Writing Blockbuster Plots strips the confusion out of the plotting process, enabling you to write a story that deserves a standing ovation.
How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully
Author: Arielle Eckstut
Publisher: Workman Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Now updated for 2015! The best, most comprehensive guide for writers is now revised and updated, with new sections on ebooks, self-publishing, crowd-funding through Kickstarter, blogging, increasing visibility via online marketing, micropublishing, the power of social media and author websites, and more—making The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published more vital than ever for anyone who wants to mine that great idea and turn it into a successfully published book. Written by experts with twenty-five books between them as well as many years’ experience as a literary agent (Eckstut) and a book doctor (Sterry), this nuts-and-bolts guide demystifies every step of the publishing process: how to come up with a blockbuster title, create a selling proposal, find the right agent, understand a book contract, and develop marketing and publicity savvy. Includes interviews with hundreds of publishing insiders and authors, including Seth Godin, Neil Gaiman, Amy Bloom, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Lopate, plus agents, editors, and booksellers; sidebars featuring real-life publishing success stories; sample proposals, query letters, and an entirely updated resources and publishers directory.
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By effectively demonstrating the relationship between plot and scene and explaining the art of story design, Blockbuster Plots offers writers proven techniques for creating more focused and balanced plotlines.