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This book was written 20 years ago and every word of it still applies It s got great examples, plenty of don ts that make perfect sense, and it is written in a lively and funny way It s a book no writer should ever get rid of ironically, I bought my copy in a dusty old used bookstore because it is such a great reference After writing a draft, a writer should go back through the script and look for the potholes that Denny warns against.It s divided into three section FORM, CONTENT, AND DEVE This book was written 20 years ago and every word of it still applies It s got great examples, plenty of don ts that make perfect sense, and it is written in a lively and funny way It s a book no writer should ever get rid of ironically, I bought my copy in a dusty old used bookstore because it is such a great reference After writing a draft, a writer should go back through the script and look for the potholes that Denny warns against.It s divided into three section FORM, CONTENT, AND DEVELOPMENT Most of the book is focused on form, which are the nuts and bolts of a script and how it should be structured and formatted properly The content section describes what makes a good story, a good scene, and what executives are likely to respond positively to The last section on development, describes what it is like to deal with executives who want to change your story and how to navigate that with professionalism and grace.I always know when a book is a 5 star read because I slow down near the end and avoid the last pages because I don t want it to be over When looking for Flinn s next great book I was saddened to see that Flinn died in 2007, but he left behind something worthy and wonderful to many people Although the last part of this book differed in its advice from most others, the first 2 thirds were filled with bits of info not found elsewhere, so well worth it. The first half of this book reads like you ve just sent your producer friend the worst screenplay of your life and he has just given you a hundred pages of annoyed notes I found it very tedious, especially the notes on simple style that all writers should know I do understand that he wouldn t be trying to drive home these simplistic ideas if he hadn t seen it come across his desk multiple times by mutiple writers I m reminded of a quote I once heard Don t confuse the love of writing for the The first half of this book reads like you ve just sent your producer friend the worst screenplay of your life and he has just given you a hundred pages of annoyed notes I found it very tedious, especially the notes on simple style that all writers should know I do understand that he wouldn t be trying to drive home these simplistic ideas if he hadn t seen it come across his desk multiple times by mutiple writers I m reminded of a quote I once heard Don t confuse the love of writing for the love of reading Perhaps in Screenwriting it should be somewhere along the lines of Don t confuse the love of watching movies with the love of writing them Don t get me wrong, there are gems of information in the first half, but where the book shines is in the second.I would recommend this book just because of the information in the back half, or to anyone that wanted to read 5 page excerpts from 20 different movies A former mid tier film exec takes you through some common and sometimes quite subtle screenwriting mistakes Jaunty and quick, with plenty of real world examples, both good and bad YMMV depending on the flavor of screeplay which you re writing. ( Free E-pub ) ⚖ How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make ⚔ All good screenplays are unique, but all bad screenplays are the same Flinn s book will teach the reader how to avoid the pitfalls of bad screenwriting and arrive at one s own destination intact Informative as hell. I for Informative A valuable primer on what to do and what not to do for screenplay formatting. I m engaged in writing a feature, and as I was looking for some recommended books on the subject, I stumbled across this one Geared for the independent screenwriter intent on selling their script, it s marginally useful to me on my main project, but nevertheless contains a wealth of great information from someone who s written and read a vast number of scripts.Ranging from the practical to the esoteric, the advice begins logically with the cover page of the script and delves deeply into the rea I m engaged in writing a feature, and as I was looking for some recommended books on the subject, I stumbled across this one Geared for the independent screenwriter intent on selling their script, it s marginally useful to me on my main project, but nevertheless contains a wealth of great information from someone who s written and read a vast number of scripts.Ranging from the practical to the esoteric, the advice begins logically with the cover page of the script and delves deeply into the reasons certain formats work The first two thirds of the book confront the mechanics of writing a great script, focusing on the way a reader s mind works specifically, a Hollywood executive that might buy your script and exploiting that The remainder of the book is about the tricky part the content of the script Like Syd Field s Screenplay , this gets into the why how relationship of what you write Since I m not new to reading about the art of screenwriting, this section felt necessary to the book, but less useful as new information to me I m glad it s there in one handy reference for sure The bibliography of script clips he used was fascinating, because it called to mind all those great films I d seen and put them into context.Two things I would change I would add a glossary of screenwriting terminology and an index for quick reference at the end Filled with great tips from a Hollywood reader s point of view Flinn explains at the outset that he s someone who reads scripts all day and knows at a glance if a script falls on his desk was written by an amateur There are tell tale signs, and that s the 101 mistakes he steps us through, showing examples of a disastrous approach compared to a good approach to the same problem Examples Don t write First Draft on your title page Instead write the date you submitted it.Don t put the name of Filled with great tips from a Hollywood reader s point of view Flinn explains at the outset that he s someone who reads scripts all day and knows at a glance if a script falls on his desk was written by an amateur There are tell tale signs, and that s the 101 mistakes he steps us through, showing examples of a disastrous approach compared to a good approach to the same problem Examples Don t write First Draft on your title page Instead write the date you submitted it.Don t put the name of a production company on your screenplay, unless it has been purchased.These are two simple rules you learn right away that ll save you the headache later when a reader wonders if the screenplay was already purchased They also have the attitude that you and your friend who hope to make a film one day are not a production company so only put a production company if there s a real one attached.You wouldn t know this unless you had a guide, and Flinn takes his role as guide seriously Very very helpful book for screenwriters And pretty useful in contexts where you re not screenwriting, and have another project you re submitting somewhere Many of the same lessons apply