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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 20 May 2003
The best thing about this book is that it breaks down the structures and tools found in a screenplay and gives you enough information to feel confident enough to use them yourself.
The examples are clear and all help to illustrate the point.
I found this book extremely useful both for improving an existing screenplay and starting another.
It does not dictate how to write, but teaches you the tricks of the trade so that you can use them in whatever way you wish.
A superb structural reference manual - buy it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2000
I've only read about five scriptwriting books, but in terms of story structuring this ranks top. Great book.
Ignore the previous review. I don't know what magical scriptwriting bible this person's got but, in terms of story structuring, no book I've read goes into any more depth than this, and all the books I've read got 5 star averages.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2000
My writing teacher at uni introduced me to this book and I have been using it to help me through second and third draft stages of screenplays AND novels ever since. This book has given me a tool for navigating the difficulties of dramatic structure and an enhanced fascination with and enjoyment of storytelling. I would recommend it to anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of structure, particularly three act structure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2008
Truly great advice for intermediate level writers and above. For those of us who have mastered three-act structure and who understand the importance of character development, this book is a welcome breath of fresh air that can blow the cobwebs out of any dusty old script. With detailed notes on concepts such as the transformational arc and "making a script commercial", Linda Seger deals precisely with what many other books skirt around with woolly phraseology. The most useful feature for me was a very practical "application" section at the end of each chapter. I honestly don't know how I did without this book for so long, as it elevates your writing to a whole new level. Well worth investing in.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2003
This is the first book I have purchased which deals with the subject of writing and/or re-writing screenplays - I was holding my breath waiting for this to arrive - And when I got it, I didnt put it down - I read it cover to cover - It solved many problems I had with re-writing a screenplay. This is a great book for beginners (Although I have been writing for years now.) - It re-educates but doesnt bore you like your old English lessons did and it is useful to go back to for future purposes whenever you get stuck - I recomend this to anyone who is interested in screenwriting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2010
Linda Seger is half way between the simplicity of Syd Field's "Screenplay" and the complexity of Robert McKee's "Story", making it a great book for those who would like to purchase their first book on the matter, as well as for others who are interested in refining their craft. She is a very intelligent person with ideas that simply work.
It truly is a book about rewriting, which makes it an indispensable asset when you're finished with your first draft - it's the closest thing to having a script consultant. But it doesn't hurt to read it in advance in order to know where you're going with your project.
If you're interested at all in screenwriting, it is a mistake not to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 1998
Well If you bought this book or planning to, you must be stuck somewhere along the line or don't have the slightest idea how to tell your story... worry no more! With examples from succesful writer's works and unusually easy methods, Seger takes your hand and helps you cross the street!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2010
This book is SO brilliant. It describes in clear detail how films are structured and is a must-buy for any aspiring screenwriter. After reading it I felt fully confident in constructing a script and was able to see why certain films were successful and others were complete flops.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 1999
I can't praise this book enough. It's totally reader oriented and filled to the brim with excellent advice. Working side by side with this book, you can really improve your screenplay. Get it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 1997
Written by a well-known script consultant, this is a valuable guide for writing and rewriting. It's also a classic in the field of structure.
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