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To all who submitted to our anthology, thank you! We are beyond pleased with the response and excited to begin working though submissions and sending invitations to publish. Stay tuned!
I'm really pleased to say that my short Screenwriting Kindle: EMOTIONAL PULL FOR CHARACTER is at No 33 on Amazon. It's an edited version of a chapter in the print book Screenwriting They Can't Resist: How to Create SCreenplays of Originality and Cinematic Power. The reason I wrote the book was because my writers and students were in despair at following the strict rules and templates of the 'gurus'.
Do any of you find the usual manuals off-putting? For me, they seem to think you can use a tent-pole to create your script, when, really, every writer has their own unique creative vision. Why follow a template designed to apply to every type of script? The other reason I wrote the book is because producers asked me to - they're despairing of their slush piles of scripts that are derivative and formulaic. They can always tell when a scriptwriter has followed the 'gurus' straitjacketing - and would never want to make them. Every producer and director I know says no great screenplay is based on the '3-Act structure' which is what most of the manuals bully us into believing.
So, according to my industry figures, it's originality and emotional power they're looking for.
What do you guys think?
Congrats Pat and well wishes !!
Congratulations, Pat! That is AWESOME news! You are inspiring me!! MJ
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Ladies, may I share some semi-off-topic excitement with you? After a year of editing and production, today's the day. My company, Seedpod Publishing, is launching Richard Goodwin's debut novel, Scattershot. It's a big, scary deal but we are SO giggly over what we've collectively managed to do.
I hope you enjoy it -- we've worked super-hard to make it a killer summer read. If you're on Goodreads, we'd love you to post a review. And if you have your own book or book reviewing site to promote, send a link so we can return the favour. Next step, film rights... djw
dianejwright Co-founder & Publisher http://seedpodpublishing.com
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