If you ve ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, The Screenwriter Within is the book for you Insightful, inspirational, and wildly irreverent, it takes you through all the stages of the writing process, using references to hit movies and the author s personal experience to show you how to Turn everyday events into big screen successesFind the best stories to turn into screenplaysDevelop strong charactersWrite compelling dialogueFind your niche as a screenwriter and much From the Trade Paperback edition


10 thoughts on “The Screenwriter Within: How to Turn the Movie in Your Head into a Salable Screenplay

  1. Caroline Bock Caroline Bock says:

    As someone who worked in television, at the Independent Film Channel, for over 14 years, I have seen a lot of movies and read quite a few screenplays In attempting to write my own screenplays in recent years, I ve read a lot of expert books and gotten lost in the over thinking preciousness of some of them, or tossed others into the oh hum haven t I heard this same thing a thousand times pile D B Gilles new book is in neither category It is wise, witty, succinct, emotionally involving, As someone who worked in television, at the Independent Film Channel, for over 14 years, I have seen a lot of movies and read quite a few screenplays In attempting to write my own screenplays in recent years, I ve read a lot of expert books and gotten lost in the over thinking preciousness of some of them, or tossed others into the oh hum haven t I heard this same thing a thousand times pile D B Gilles new book is in neither category It is wise, witty, succinct, emotionally involving, kick in your pants, write a great movie now screenwriting book What I like best about it it s about good storytelling Almost every chapter ends with a writing exercise that is about focusing on developing ideas, characters, themes, plot that would make a great story, frankly, whether you are writing a movie or a novel or short story But the book is so good it goes farther than that He delves into constructing a screenplay that will sell today, quite different from one that would sell thirty or even twenty years ago, and he gives you examples, often personal and funny about what works today, and what doesn t He also shares the practical Buy this book and quickly learn how to construct a screenplay, the mechanics, the acts, the outlines, the intensity required in today s screenplays, in a way that feels like a totally knowledgeable friend is sharing well earned insights with you Ultimately, he gives us readers a hard dose of reality from the front line of the business though a chapter on screenwriting after 30 really hit home and inspired He ends with how he began that it is about the writing, about the creative spirit first and foremost This screenplay book is a keeper for me


  2. Alyssa Alyssa says:

    I really liked this book It s full of great things to think about and some good swift kicks in the ass Gilles not only takes you through some basic tips of storytelling to get your script finnessed, but also gives helpful tips in navagating the business I honestly think it would be worthwhile to purchase this book.


  3. Carlo Carlo says:

    This latest screenwriter book by D.B GIlles is a must have addition for your writer s collection It s a fast, fun read with easy to follow instructions on creating a better script, and he doesn t waste your time with pages and pages of philosophical meanderings and complicated charts You all know who I m talking about In fact, The Screenwriter Within is such a great tool, it s as good as being in one of D.B s workshops except you can t conveniently pull his live workshop off your shel This latest screenwriter book by D.B GIlles is a must have addition for your writer s collection It s a fast, fun read with easy to follow instructions on creating a better script, and he doesn t waste your time with pages and pages of philosophical meanderings and complicated charts You all know who I m talking about In fact, The Screenwriter Within is such a great tool, it s as good as being in one of D.B s workshops except you can t conveniently pull his live workshop off your shelf for easy reference D.B also includes game plans for what to do with your script once you ve completed a first draft My two favorite chapters in the section are Ten Checkpoints Your Screenplay Must Pass Before It s Ready to Go and Some Bottom of the Ninth, Last Minute Practical Advice Not just for screenwriters, his book is also relevant for writers of other formats like novels, memoirs, even graphic novels Whatever way you re telling the story, his tips will help make it stronger


  4. Deanna Deanna says:

    A little disappointed that an outline of how to actually write a script was not included, but pertaining to the contents of a script, this book will certainly get you started, finished, and ready to write another.


  5. Rachel Rachel says:

    Helpful.