The New Scriptwriter's Journal places you, the writer, in the center of the complex and challenging process of scriptwriting. Charge up your imagination while learning how to write a professional screenplay. This informational and inspirational guide details the creative aspects of scriptwriting such as crafting dialogue and shaping characters.
Inside, you'll find blank pages to jot down your thoughts, ideas, and responses to the text, creating your own source book of script ideas. Whether you're an indie filmmaker longing to shoot your first digital feature or an aspiring screenwriter writing a spec script for Hollywood, your journal will be an invaluable resource.
Special chapters offer insights on adaptation, ethics of screenwriting, and the future of storytelling in the digital age, as well as alternative storytelling.
Additionally, The New Scriptwriter's Journal includes an invaluable annotated guide to periodicals, trade publications, books, catalogs, production directories, script sources. scriptwriting software, and internet resources.
Table of Contents
The Inner Journey; The Writing Process; Creative Problem Solving; Becoming a Professional; Bold Beginnings; Becoming a Professional; Shaping stories; Creating Characters; Crafting Dialogue; Adaptation; Abuses of Enchantment; Making Dreams Reel; Resources
"At the end of the book is an invaluable annotated guide to periodicals, trade publications, books, catalogs, production directories, script sources, scriptwriting software and Internet resources." - Shelley Steele, Writer, Sept 2001
"The New Scriptwriter's Journal is an excellent tool for anyone serious about writing screenplays." - Shelley Steele, Writer, Sept 2001
"Wise and inspiring. Mary Johnson is the perfect muse for the novice (and professional) screenwriter. She provides structure for disciplined creative work from conceptualization to realization. In an art form where no one can afford to be naïve, The New Scriptwriter's Journal is an essential tutorial for anyone serious about writing screenplays that will actually get produced." - Sterling Van Wagenen, Producer, A Trip to Bountiful; Director, Alan and Naomi; and Founding Executive Director, The Sundance Institute
"If you let it, The New Scriptwriter's Journal will take you on the most unique scriptwriting adventure of your life. Mary Johnson guides you step-by-step on an interactive journey to unlock all of your creative potential. A fun and challenging tool for anyone interested in writing movies." - Eduardo Sanchez, co-writer and co-director, The Blair Witch Project