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Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great [Paperback]

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Item description for Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great by William M. Akers...

A lifetime member of the Writer's Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

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Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2008
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907459  
ISBN13  9781932907452  

Availability  129 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William M. Akers, author of "Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great," is a Writers Guild Lifetime Member who's had three feature films produced from his screenplays. He's written for studios, independent producers, and the major television networks. Akers gives writing workshops around the world and is a regular speaker at Story Expo in Los Angeles.
He speaks reasonably decent French and was a "Jeopardy!" contestant.

William M. Akers was born in 1956.

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The Ultimate Checklist For The Serious Screenwriter!  Sep 4, 2008
I'm relatively new to the craft of screenwriting, but I'm passionate about creating a great work that has a legitimate chance at making it to a theater near you. It seems that the trademark start for every aspiring screenwriter is to stock up on a library of books that explain screenwriting from every imaginable angle; only to find a few that truly make the difference. Rare are the books that stand out as "Must Haves", and Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great, is a "Must Have".

Although people write for different reasons, it's relatively safe to assume that most people attempt to write a screenplay because they want to sell it. They want to see it on the big screen. The logic that should then follow is to make your screenplay the best it can be at all costs. In reality, this doesn't often happen. In my opinion, if near perfection is not your goal or if you are writing solely for the money, then screenwriting is probably not your ticket. However, if it's your passion, this book is an indispensible companion to realizing your dream.

While I think of this book as the ultimate checklist, the truth is that it's far deeper than just a checklist. It's like having a coach with you at every step of the writing process; from initial concept, to rewrites. Each topic Mr. Akers discusses is clearly explained (often with examples) and communicated in an entertaining and humorous fashion. Also, the topics are broken up in such a way that finding answers and explanations take no time to find.

What I love most about it, though, is that if this book is used properly, it will greatly reduce unnecessary rewriting. I'm not talking about the inevitable rewrites that you'll have to do. I'm talking about the ones that make you throw your laptop or Smith Corona(???) across the room - not to mention the loud expletives that will have mothers within a three mile radius covering their children's ears in shock.

Most importantly, if you want to write with the confidence that your story structure is tight; that you didn't forget to give your bad guy a "Bad Guy Speech" and that every one of your scenes means something BEFORE you've finished your first draft, just plunk down the dollars, pounds, euros, yen, rubles or whatever currency and buy this book. You'll be thankful it was written and happy you bought it!
YOU"RE SCREENPLAY SUCKS - this book doesn't  Aug 14, 2008
I have been writing screenplays and weirdly getting paid for it for years - i wish I had had Will Akers book when I was stuck. He has practical, been there - done that - knows what works advice. LISTEN TO HIM! He will help you move ahead. And he is entertaining to boot....
Fabulous !!!  Aug 7, 2008
You don't have to be writing a screenplay to LOVE this book !!
It is hilarious. If you want to laugh out loud ( I think it really is "laugh aloud") put Your Screenplay Sucks on your nightstand. I am reading to the last page and you will too.
Getting to the point  Aug 7, 2008
I'm in advertising. A creative. I have to make an emotional connection with readers in 6-8 words or I'll lose them. I found William Aker's book very helpful in getting my points edited down to the bare essentials and still communicate clearly. I also found the following passage to be the best description of how I feel towards all those people whose portfolios I review. Well stated:

And the great, golden door will lock. The producer will go off to her production meetings and casting sessions and free lunches and massages and first days of principal photography... and you will be left alone on a raw, windy sidewalk, clutching your screenplay, looking at the high wall and the closed steel door... wondering why it's got no handle.

Wow. Cold brother...cold.
A truly wonderful book!  Aug 5, 2008
Akers has written a truly wonderful book! I have a shelf full of screenwriting books trying to glean at least something from each of them. "Your Screenplay Sucks" is right at the top. Akers covers a lot of ground while making a lot of sense. And not just common sense, but an insightful sense of humor. How refreshing is that? One truly gets an idea of how to self-correct before getting a glut of 'it sucks' comments. It's a great read and a fun ride while being incise and insightful. What more could one ask? Add this book to your collection if, like me, you have one and if not...this is a good start.

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