1. The importance of preparation; 2. Outlines, synopses and treatments; 3. The three-act structure; 4. The inciting incident; 5. Writing powerful opening scenes; 6. Writing compelling scenes; 7. Techniques to make your script stand out; 8. Writing effective dialogue; 9. Loglines; 10. Film genres; 11. Professional script formatting; 12. Organizations that help screenwriters; 13. Copyright your work; 14. Marketing your script; Appendices: 1. Script websites; 2. Screenwriting Software; 3. Options and assignments; 4. A sample option agreement(UK); 5. A sample option agreement (USA); Glossary of common screen terms; Famous last lines; Index.
Linda M James is a writer of novels, non-fiction books and screenplays. She has written two historical novels and also had many short stories and poems published. Her screenplay "Young Ivanhoe" is in production and further screenplays are in pre-production. Linda also runs writing workshops in Tunbridge Wells where she now lives after living abroad for ten years. The author wishes to thank Robert Gregory Browne for his contribution to the section on loglines.
'A very practical and businesslike take on scriptwriting...effectively delivers the most essential information in all areas of concern in the craft of scriptwriting. This is an introduction to the concepts of screenwriting that will take your scriptwriting from the basics to a good and near professional level. For that, it has to get five stars. The appendices are also fantastic.' www.bookbag.co.uk 'How to Write Great Screenplays and Get Them Into Production by Linda M James is a straightforward and engaging book that ultimately equips the reader with both the creative and technical tools necessary to write a brilliant script. If you follow these steps you will end up with a well formulated script that is industry ready. The conversational tone of the book makes it easy to understand for any first-time scriptwriter, while the clear chapter headings make it a great reference book to have to hand for the more experienced writer. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about writing a screenplay and getting it produced.' Ashley Shine, Head Of Development, Centre Media Films. 'This book is exactly what it sets out to be: a practical, step-by-step guide for the aspiring screenwriter. ...As a manual for making progress in a highly complex, formulaic, market-driven industry, this book is indispensable.' Richard Crane, a playwright and screenwriter.