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Monday, September 05, 2005

Crafty Screenwriting II: The Review!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, like Alex said you should always be working on your title, that one sucked, but that's what you get for all of 10 seconds creative time.

Finished the book (Crafty Screenwriting by Alex Epstein) in a little over a week.

Yes, I know, most of you are saying, it took you a week! It is only about 250 pages, why so long.

I leave home at 6.30am, get back around 7-7.30pm. I cook dinner, do some cleaning, play with the kids, put them to bed, etc etc. This weekend, went and saw the parents, and yesterday was fathers day, so we were out for most of the weekend.

So, it is not a matter of it took me that long, it is the fact I managed to get it read in a week, despite all of the above, that is testament to what I thought of the quality and its helpfulness.

Helpfulness? Well in all reality I think that is the absolute main benchmark someone like me should be using, to rate how good a book like this is, because that is what I am looking for. There are very few screenwriting books available over here that I have found. I actually ordered this through Amazon.com, and had it shipped from the US.

It is worth every cent of shipping and cost. Bear in mind the shipping did cost more than the book, which is truly unfair to Alex.

Alex gives some great tips for a newbie like me, and even some great ones for anyone who has to proof read. That proofreading idea is a beauty for any writing you do, even reports for business, etc, anything.

He often uses multiple examples to illustrate different ways of doing things, which truly clarifies it for people like myself.

He seems to cut through the literary curfuffle that normally only makes sense if you have a Bachelors in English. ;-)

So all in all, definitely a good read, easy to understand, extremley helpful, and without a lot of bullshit IMHO.

It has definitely helped me with my writing 100%.

Hope this helps if you were deciding whether to get it or not.


PS If you want to know more, go to Alex's site:

http://complicationsensue.blogspot.com/ you can get link to purchase book etc.


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