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  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (3 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907452
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Title: Your Screenplay Sucks!( 100 Ways to Make It Great) <>Binding: Paperback <>Author: WilliamM.Akers <>Publisher: MichaelWieseProductions

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Knight on 19 Feb. 2013
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So you might have digested Robert McKee's "Story" Syd Field's "Screenplay" and any number of "how to write a screenplay" books, then finally, finally! sat down and written a screenplay which you are immensely proud of. And then you ask your friends to read it, but they never seem to have the time, and even your girlfriend who loves you so much can't get to the end of it. Why? Because despite all of the sage advice you read, and despite your screenplay fitting the general three act structure with set-up, catalyst, break into two etc all in their correct places, your screenplay still sucks!

I'd say that if you're at this point, you simply must, without any hesitation whatsoever, buy this book! Sure you can read it while you're still in the "concept" stages of your movie (how long's it been now? five years? more?) but this book really comes into its own when you're sitting there gazing at your magnum opus wondering what the hell you can do to improve it, at least enough to grab the attention of your friends.

"Your screenplay sucks..." is absolutely packed with amazing, essential advice for any would-be screenwriter. Not just the usual typesetting stuff (which we all know) but loads and loads of information on writing great dialogue and scene description. Picky picky picky, down to the individual words you use on the page, Mr Akers imagines your reader is running across your story on lily pads, and your job is to keep them on the lily pads - the minute they stop, become confused by your action, your dialogue, your character names etc, those dear readers are going to use your script as kindling. Buy and digest "Your screenplay sucks", apply the knowledge to your next draft, and you will massively reduce the chances of boring your readers to death.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Arnott on 15 April 2010
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I don't know why I bought this book. I have no real interest in writing a screenplay, but I'm interested in movies and the movie business, and the title grabbed me.

This turned out to be an amusing, entertaining books that has great practical advice for anyone interested in writing a screenplay. More than that, although some of the advice is specific to screenwriting, formatting errors for example, much of the advice would be valuable to a novellist.

According to the author (and I believe him) most professional script readers are not looking through manuscripts hoping to find a gem (they've read so many bad scripts they've given up hope of that); rather they're looking for the first mistake that will let them throw your script in the trash, so they can pick up the next one on the pile and be one step closer to going home. This book tells you how to avoid these mistakes, or most of them.

Good solid advice from a working sceenwriter.
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By matt carter on 21 Feb. 2013
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I don't really write reviews often, but I feel I ought to make an exception for this book. It is by far one of the most interesting and engaging reads I've had in a long time. There is such a vast amount of useful information compact in this book, as William M Akers would say, "Brevity is everything" and this runs true throughout the entire book. Everything is concise and to the point getting as much information across as possible without ever becoming dull. His writing style is also very amusing and it really keeps you hooked. You can also tell this guy really knows his stuff and that makes everything he says so much more compelling. Safe to say this book has changed my life in a small way with regards to film making. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in story and film, not just screenplay writing.
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Excellent screenwriting accompaniment which flips the tables - rather than looking directly at 'what to do', it points out the many, many ways in which screenplays run into trouble (of course, inherently pointing you toward what you should hopefully be doing). This helps you take a critical, editorial eye to your work, and helps to overcome amateur teething troubles. Will it elevate your writing to professional quality? Not on its own. But it will pull you out of the ranks of the amateur, and provides a solid foundation. Amusingly written, a pleasant read, and well divided into meaningful sections and 100 numbered points for ease of reference.
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