I got this book because I've always wanted to give writing a go and had always thought about taking a creative writing course for beginners, but have never found the time to get around to it. After reading the description, this book looked like a perfect platform for a novice like myself to launch from. One of my goals has always been to write a decent Horror film, in my opinion there hasn't been many decent ones in recent times, so why not write one myself?!
I've never really known where to begin with writing, until now! I know this book won't have me writing big screen blockbusters any time soon, but it certainly is a starting point. The book contains lots of fun exercises which are enjoyable and keep you engaged, character development is the most fun. The book has a great chapter on how to write monologue, dialogue and action, and the end of each Chapter is a 10 tips for success page, which I've dog eared, to remind myself briefly of what was covered in the chapter. The writer has also done a great job of using examples from classic famous films to illustrate his points so you can see how the particular point is executed in a movie to help explain it a little better.
If you've already done some professional writing courses, or have written professionally at any level then you probably won't find this book very helpful, after all it is a 'teach yourself' book. On the other hand, you're like me, and want to write, but don't have a clue where to start, then this book is aces! Grab yourself a copy and get going. Oh, and get yourself a hardback notebook in the same order, you'll need it!