"In the beginning there was Syd Field. Then came McKee and Vogler. Now there is Dara Marks. Although Marks has long ranked
among the top screenwriting theorists, her teachings were formerly only available to individuals who could manage to
attend weekend seminars or afford one-to-one consultations. Now, thankfully, the publication of Inside Story makes them
available to everyone.
Writers of action films will especially benefit from Inside Story, because Marks spends a good deal of time explaining
the difference between the surfeit of forgettable films in that genre and those that achieve 'classic'
status and spawn franchises. And guess what? The difference is not in the number of car chases or explosions."
"The most exciting thing about Dara's remarkable technique is the way it enhances the creative process. It helps writers identify and express the deeper themes of the story, which gives the structure greater depth and meaning. This is a book you can read with each script you write, as both guide and inspiration. It is more than a unique approach to story. It is an understanding of the transformational process that is life."
Lisa Loomer, Screenwriter/Playwright
The Waiting Room
"Dara Marks covers everything a writer needs to know about how to take passion and turn it into a meaningful story for an audience. What's more, she does it with the intelligence, clarity, and generosity of a true teacher. Inside Story
is an excellent addition to any writer's library."
Ellen Sandler, Writer/Producer
Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach
"Dara Marks has written a breakthrough book on the art of crafting extraordinary
stories. Inside Story
takes you where
few other books about writing can—inside not only the structure and substance
of great stories but also inside the writer's heart, mind, and soul from which
great stories spring. With skill and penetrating insight, Dara Marks will transform
forever the way you understand the deepest layers of crafting a story. In the
process, you'll learn important truths about writing that compelling screenplay,
stage play, or novel and you'll learn important truths about yourself. If they
gave an Oscar for the best book on screenwriting, Dara Marks would be the odds-on
favorite to win it for Inside Story."
Clyde W. Ford, Author
The Hero with an African Face
The Long Mile * Winner 2006 IPPY Award
* Winner Mahogany Media 2006 Award
"Dara Marks has done it!!! Just when one thinks there can be nothing new to say about screenwriting, along comes Dara Marks with Inside Story!
This newest screenwriting book is for you!!! Dara's wisdom creates a veritable smorgasbord of adjectives: comprehensive, entertaining, challenging, qualitative. Her book also contains the best writing advice of all: 'Dare to be guided by your passion.' That's as good as it gets and Dara's Inside Story is as good as it gets. Write on, Dara!!!!"
Lew Hunter, Writer/Producer
Chairman Emeritus and Professor of Screenwriting
UCLA Department of Film and Television
"I just finished reading this remarkable book. At one point it made me cry; it is so beautiful. I had no idea a book on writing could affect me this way... Dara's heart, her wise heart, is reflected on every page. How painful but exhilarating a journey she must've had to write this."
Treva Silverman, Screenwriter
Romancing the Stone (uncredited)
Mary Tyler Moore, The Fanelli Boys
"Dara Marks is in a class by herself."
Creative Screenwriting Magazine, 2003 Script Analysts Review
"This book is fantastic! I wish I had read it before we started writing our last film, Simple Things.
As I read Inside Story,
I'm already thinking through my next movies, clarifying the protagonist and centering on the theme. This is so helpful! Dara identifies what is missing in the heart of most of our modern stories and she shows us how to reclaim it. This not only help us write better stories, but in so doing we will develop a better understanding of ourselves and others. Bravo, Dara!"
David Huff, Producer/Co-Writer
"Provides the tools for the way in, to understanding the complex architecture of screenwriting."
"They say you can't 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...' Frankly, the only problem I had with Inside Story
is that it's hard to type with one hand while you're holding this book in the other."
Andrew Smith, Screenwriter
The Main Event, Who's That Girl?
Former Head Writer: Saturday Night Live
"Nobody can give a writer talent, but Dara Marks can guide us through the craft of telling our stories in the most thoughtful and thought-provoking way. She teaches us to mine our ideas and bring them home."
Iris Rainer Dart, Author
Beaches, Larry: The King of Rock and Roll
"Replete with examples from both classic and contemporary films, Dara Marks' Inside Story
offers fresh insights into screenwriting structure, enabling writers to better hone their craft and elevate their art."
Prof. Richard Walter
UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
"Study this book. Memorize it. Keep it by your computer. There are a lot of books about structure, but this book guides you on how to go beyond all those formulaic and false external structural guidelines and leads you on a deep journey inside the heart and soul of your story."
Richard Krevolin, Author
Screenwriting from the Soul
How to Adapt Anything into a Screenplay
"The three-act structure theory is enlightened by Dara's new vision of the deeper meaning of storytelling. She has given me a real gift of intelligence and insight into my work."
Francesco Scardamaglia, Screenwriter
Quo Vadis, A Man Named Jesus
"Treat yourself to a screenplay analysis by Dara Marks; she's worth every penny."
Creative Screenwriting Magazine, 1999 Script Analysts Review
is not your average book about writing. Marks takes you to a deeper level of storytelling that adds complexity and intensity to any writer's work no matter how experienced or inexperienced they may be."
Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis, Authors
I Liked it, Didn't Love it:
Screenplay Development from the Inside Out
"'People never change' may be the cynical working analysis of human nature,
but Dara Marks bases her insightful and unique book, Inside
the premise that life demands change. She demonstrates through the use of the
'transformational arc' that when a screen character grows from one condition
to another, the audience is not only moved, but we all are left with a better
appreciation of our own humanity. As we read her remarkable book, we understand
why so few movies today leave us feeling nothign! But now, with the ideas she
puts forth in this book, that can all change."
Dr. Kenneth Atchity
Chairman, Atchity Entertainment
Executive Producer, Life or Something Like It
Producer, Joe Somebody
"Theme, character, and transformational arc often get convoluted and confused
in the complicated process of script development. Dara's Inside Story
highly complex craft of screenwriting and breaks it down into the simple art
of good storytelling."
John Shepherd, Producer
The Climb, Farewell Bender
Mpower, a Steve McEveety Co.