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Blueprint for Screenwriting : A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development - Rachel Friedman Ballon

Blueprint for Screenwriting

A Complete Writer's Guide to Story Structure and Character Development

Paperback Published: 31st August 2004
ISBN: 9780805849233
Number Of Pages: 184

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"Blueprint for Screenwriting" demystifies the writing process by developing a blueprint for writers to follow for each new screenplay--from original concept to completed script. Author and international script consultant Dr. Rachel Ballon explores the writing craft and emphasizes creativity in the writing process. She blends her expertise in script analysis and writing coaching with her personal experience as a screenwriter to help writers construct their stories and characters.
Starting with the story's framework, Dr. Ballon helps readers to understand the key building blocks of story structure and character development, including characters' emotional and psychological states, story conflicts, and scene and act structure. She also covers the essential components in the script writing process, such as outlines, script treatments, synopses, and formats. Dr. Ballon devotes a chapter to overcoming writer's block--the writer's greatest obstacle--and offers guidance for taking the next steps once a script is completed.
A practical tool for any writer, this distinctive resource:
*offers a blueprint for writers to follow, breaking the writing process down into specific, easy-to-follow steps;
*stresses the psychology of the characters as well as that of the writer; and
*offers first-hand knowledge of the screenwriting process and gives practical advice for completing and marketing scripts.
With its unique and insightful approach to the writing process, this book will be indispensable for scriptwriters, fiction writers, and professional writers, and it will serve as a useful text in screenwriting courses.

Preface: Blueprint for Screenwritingp. vii
Creativity: Your Blueprint for Ideasp. 1
Building Your Storyp. 11
Constructing Your Blueprint: Laying Down the Frameworkp. 20
Story Structure: The Screenplay's Foundationp. 31
The Main Characterp. 39
Characters and Conflictp. 49
Creating the Character's Emotional Arc: The Heart of the Storyp. 58
The Psychology of Charactersp. 67
Structuring Scenes and Actsp. 77
The Outline, the Treatment, The Synopsisp. 88
Script Formatp. 96
Dialoguep. 106
Subtextp. 114
Writing From Your Inner Cast of Charactersp. 124
Overcoming Writer's Blockp. 136
The Completed Screenplayp. 150
Afterword: How to Survive the Writing Gamep. 153
Indexp. 167
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ISBN: 9780805849233
ISBN-10: 0805849238
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 31st August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.33  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1