With its thorough coverage of basic tenets, some of which are so painfully obvious that giving them attention can do more harm than good, David Trottier’s The Screenwriter’s Bible stays true to its namesake. It is a solid, comprehensive resource for any screenwriter’s bookshelf, but it’s a lot to take in at once.
Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers provides a universally applicable way of thinking about story without trapping the author into calling it the only way of thinking. It manages to be all encompassing without being suffocating.
Karl Iglesias’s 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters feels like a broad but basic WGA panel, where successful screenwriters share advice, mostly in the form of useful but familiar cliches.
As you would expect from two members of The State, Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant’s Writing Movies for Fun and Profit is very entertaining. It is also full of useful information for both budding and veteran screenwriters.
If you like 30 Rock and books, you’ll enjoy Tina Fey’s Bossypants.
If you got a Kindle or iPad for Christmas, I have two short stories you may want to check out. Each works as a nice palate-cleanser from too much holiday cheer.
Ken Auletta looks at how writers and publishers are trying to figure out their roles in the age of Kindles and iPads.
On Monday, I’ll be publishing a brand new short story. In the meantime, I want to offer up The Variant for anyone who might have missed it.
In books and in movies, increased sampling usually generates more sales than it costs.
Adding up the publisher’s expenses shows there is plenty of room for flexibility in pricing.
I’m interviewed in a new book about screenwriters’ experiences.
When Amazon pulled Macmillan’s titles over the weekend, it was a dick move. With the iPad, Apple is setting itself up for a series of dick moves.
No! Stop and re-assess. There are at least three options, but simply stealing the plot and characters isn’t one of them.
I twittered about it while it was happening, but if you missed it, author Steve Hely gave a nice interview on NPR’s Fresh Air this afternoon.
John H. McWorter’s book Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue is a worthy look at how English came to be.
Steve Hely’s book is fast, funny, and will likely become the next movie I write and direct
How many books does Amazon sell on Kindle each day? Is there a classic long tail — and is it even worth being on it? Amazon is incredibly opaque with the details, even when you’re publishing on their system.
If you feel comfortable hand-coding a site, you can get a book on Kindle in 30 minutes or less.
My short story The Variant is now available for download, including Kindle.
Long rumored, and now here. It’s free, and pretty darn good. The Whispersync feature suddenly makes a lot more sense. If you’re reading a book on your “real” Kindle at home, but find yourself with ten minutes to kill at the car wash, you can open the book to the exact same place on your […]
Terms that will save you some embarrassment on set, unless — writer — you start throwing them around like you know what you’re talking about.
Cory Doctorow makes many of the points I would about the Authors’ Guild’s grumpiness over the Kindle’s text-to-speech function.
In his lengthy essay about e-books, John Siracusa makes a good point about how new technologies rarely completely replace what came before them. Take all of your arguments against the inevitability of e-books and substitute the word “horse” for “book” and the word “car” for “e-book.” (…) “Books will never go away.” True! Horses have […]
A quick trip to London over the weekend gave me 20+ hours of plane time to catch up on reading. I finished three books. The first two had been sitting on my Kindle1, while the last is dead-tree-only at the moment. As I’ve mentioned before, screenwriters spend an inordinate amount of time thinking and talking […]
Stuff tends to stack up in the August household. We have systems in place to optimize magazine readership and recycling,1 but printed objects of which I am the sole reader — comic books, scripts, serio-comic novels purchased on an Amazon spree — have a tradition of piling up on the corners of desks and counters. […]