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Script Magic: Rediscovering the Joy of Creative Writing: Subconscious Techniques to Conquer Writer's Block Paperback – 7 Apr 2000

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As any screenwriter knows, the pressures of pursuing the dream of landing that big script sale can be counter-productive to the writing process. If you're not having fun writing it, is your script really going to be any fun to read, or, most importantly, to watch? Script Magic shows you how to rediscover the joy of creativity, and how to channel it into dynamic, compelling storytelling.

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Marisa D'Vari has 20 years of hands-on experience working in Hollywood as a studio story analyst, consultant, and executive. She currently lives in Boston, MA and is the producer/host of the nationally-syndicated cable TVshow "Scene Here." She conducts seminars on screenwriting all over the U.S.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
It rocks! 7 Oct. 2000
By Chris Vogler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hi, I'm a screenwriter, story consultant, and former studio executive and I have found Script Magic helpful and entertaining. I'm at a place in my writing where I need lots of creative stimulus and the exercises and the breezy writing style were right for me. Sometimes you have to trick yourself into avoiding cliches or into opening up the deeper, truer sources of good work, and the book was good at giving some concrete ways to do that. This will become a classic for screenwriters but the creative way of thinking about writing will be useful for any form of storytelling. There's also a lot of practical info about the business end and some common sense about how you integrate writing into your life. It's worth reading just to shake yourself up!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Finally, a book that helps with creativity 9 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There's a truck load of books out there that deal with the nuts and bolts of writing: editing, plotting, grammar. This book is about creativity, about those mysterious leaps the right brain makes to come up with a good story, the kind of story that makes readers turn the pages. The exercises in this book REALLY work: mind mapping completely changed the way I approach major characters. It really helps me get in touch with the character's history, and it works much better than a dry biographical approach. I'd recommend this book to anyone serious about their writing, not just screen writers.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Script Magic Makes the "Writer's Blues" Disappear! 4 Aug. 2000
By Ace DeSone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As the writer of several award-winning screenplays, I try to devour every screenplay book that comes on the market. Unfortunately, too many books on screenwriting concern themselves with format and structure. Well, geez, there are computer programs that can do that for you now. When I read Script Magic, I said to myself, "Finally! Someone GETS it! A book that helps me be CREATIVE, which is the reason I got into the crazy mess in the first place!" Buy this book, and start enjoying life again!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fresh and Fun 22 Sept. 2000
By Scott Mislan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Script Magic" is an amazingly fun and easy way to let your creativity run free. After reading and trying Marisa D'Vari's techniques you'll be chomping at the bit to put pen to paper or fingers on keys. I recently sold a screenplay and became a member of the Writers Guild. I wish I had this book a year ago, I'd have probably sold three by now. You'll never think about writing the same way again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Will get you started on your first screenplay w/confidence 7 May 2000
By Experienced seminar leader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although I've been writing professionally for 19 years, screenplays are virgin territory for me. D'Vari demystifies the process of writing a Hollywood-worthy screenplay so that anyone can get started right away. Bonuses: Lots of creativity exercises and a nice overview of what producers and screen stars are looking for.
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