"They say you canít learn screenwriting from a book. They were right—until  Inside Story. This is a book every screenwriter must read before writing the words, 'Fade In...'"
Andrew Smith, Screenwriter
The Main Event, Who's That Girl?, Former head writer Saturday Night Live

The Secret to Writing Extraordinary Screenplays

Whether you're a beginning screenwriter or an A-list Academy Award winner, all writers struggle with the same thing:
to get to the great script inside.

Step by step, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc guides you through an extraordinary new process that helps identify your thematic intention—what your story is really about—and teaches you how to turn that intention into the driving force behind all your creative choices. The result is a profound relationship between the movement of the plot and the internal development of character, which is the foundation for the transformational arc. The transformational arc is the deeper line of structure found inside the story. Knowing how to work with the arc enhances your ability to:
  • Express your unique point of view
  • Give meaning and urgency to the line of action
  • Infuse your characters with richness, subtlety, and surprise
  • Develop a powerful emotional undercurrent
  • Make your stories stand out and get attention
A strong transformational arc is the single most important element that makes the difference between a good screenplay and a great one.

Inside Story delivers what the name implies: it's the real inside scoop on how to write a great screenplay with depth, dimension, and substance. It is a must-have for any serious screenwriter, playwright, or novelist.

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