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Screenwriting Tips, You Hack: 150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter
Screenwriting Tips, You Hack: 150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter

5.0 out of 5 stars You know that teacher who was just great fun every lesson?, 9 Oct 2011
The one where you made the effort to go their class - even if you were sick?

The one who - y'know - actually taught you stuff?

This is one of those guys.

I've been on several script writer (and reader) courses and read quite a few books about it so it might be that I'm not qualified any more to discern what I've learned from this book - maybe I've been told all this stuff already and it was just a joy to find it expressed anew in such an engaging fashion.

But if you're in any way curious to know more about the dark art of dreaming up movies, you should read this book. It's funny, insightful, honest, and shot through with a passion for the subject matter that could be mistaken for cynicism by the naive.

I really enjoyed it, and it'll stay on my Kindle always.


The Moral Landscape
The Moral Landscape
Price: £4.68

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ship of clear thinking in a sea of hokum., 6 Sep 2011
Like all Sam Harris books, this one is a ship of clear thought in a sea of hokum. And you know what they say about the sea - it's full of gliding monsters. If we are ever to grow up as a species, we need a million more like Sam Harris, and I think, in the future, we'll get them. There's a clear choice between thinking for ourselves and more god-inspired bloodshed, misery, torture and death.

I know which I'd prefer. The idea of God is a monkey on our backs, but not the monkey we evolved from. Thanks to Sam Harris, we're getting better faster.


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
Edition: Paperback

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is war, and war is hell., 9 Jan 2011
Any tortured artist type who flops about never finishing anything for fear it might actually expose in concrete terms the limitations of their talent will find this a slap in the face, a kick in the ass and a cold shower all at once. Your list of great excuses for why your novel/screenplay/business start up/big-project-of-any-kind remains unfinished (or unstarted) will dwindle to one line with a question mark at the end of it. Do you have what it takes or not?

And there's only one way to find out.

The War of Art might be the last diversion you take into doing something that you shouldn't be doing. After you've read it you might actually end up doing what you should be. Or you could put everything off just a little longer by writing a review of it for Amazon.

Hmmm.....
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Tricks Of The Mind
Tricks Of The Mind
by Derren Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.30

13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Derren Brown - More important than you might think., 16 Nov 2006
This review is from: Tricks Of The Mind (Hardcover)
Derren's just what the world needs - a brilliant trickster with an intellectual appetite for rationalising how magic in all its forms (some nicer than others) works on and affects the average Joe. Anyone tempted to delve into the new age groove, contact the dead, get spiritually healed or go in for a spot of intense god-bothering would do much better to read this book, and then get on with their lives properly wised up.

This book will provide you with a robust understanding of how frail the average person's capacity for proper rational thought is, and give you the answers you need to fend off those people of faith and their sad little "Explain that, Mr Logic" routines.

It's a five star treat.


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