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The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers [Paperback]

Karl Iglesias
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Oct. 15 2011 144052789X 978-1440527890 Second Edition

You can struggle for years to get a foot in the door with Hollywood producers--or you can take a page from the book that offers proven advice from twenty-one of the industry's best and brightest!

In this tenth anniversary edition, The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, 2nd Edition peers into the lives and workspaces of screenwriting greats--including Terry Rossio (the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Aline Brosh McKenna (Morning Glory), Bill Marsilii (Deja Vu), Derek Haas and Michael Brandt (Wanted), and Tony Gilroy (the Bourne franchise).

You will learn best practices to fire up your writing process and your career, such as:

  • Be Comfortable with Solitude
  • Commit to a Career, Not Just One Screenplay
  • Be Aware of Your Muse's Favorite Activities
  • Write Terrible First Drafts
  • Don't Work for Free
  • Write No Matter What
This indispensable handbook will help you hone your craft by living, breathing, and scripting the life you want!


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Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the author of Writing for Emotional Impact and a contributor to the anthology, Now Write! Screenwriting. He teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program, where he was named Outstanding Instructor in Screenwriting in 2010.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A few points to note May 25 2014
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This book is best for the beginner. Having said that, there are some interesting and inspiring points in this book. Overall, I find it average...there are some really good points and some points that are obvious...
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This book is great not just for screenwriters but for any writer.
I'd absolutely recommend it. There are many books by editors, English professors, etc. that teach about the craft and what they think is important, and there are many books on writing by authors but what makes this book so special and great is that it has several experienced, successful writers giving theirs opinions on what works for them and what you need to do to be successful, as well as what it's like to be a real Hollywood writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The benchmark for people who think about a career in screenwriting July 17 2012
By Dennis Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
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'101 Habits' is THE benchmark for people who start to think about a screenwriting career in Los Angeles (or anywhere else).

My recommendation is to read 'PART 5: MARKETING' and 'PART 6: THE FOUR Ps' first. If the passion is still bigger than the shock about the industry insights, read the whole book.

If there is still a driving reason to write, read William Goldman's 'Adventures In The Screen Trade'.

If you still don't dream about other professions, read all about writing methods in 'Writing For Emotional Impact', also by Karl Iglesias - don't forget to order THE EMOTIONAL THESAURUS.

Learn everything about genre from Blake Snyder's 'Save The Cat! Goes To The Movies'.

And last but not least read all about formatting in Christopher Riley's 'The Hollywood Standard'.

Then buy Final Draft or Movie Magic Screenwriter and write and rewrite as many big stories as you can quickly and with your passion until you find your own voice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great motivator April 12 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Before I got this book and took the class, I could not even start on one of my screenplays. After I read some of the screenwriters comments and Mr. Iglesias' advice included in this book, I got the synopsis, the outline and 52 pages of my script written in about a month's time. I don't guarantee that for everyone. But a start is still a start. If you need encouragement to write a script, novel, whatever, or just need to begin, then get this book. Read it. Heed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book will make you want to become a novelist. ( ; May 22 2014
By Jenny Orelle - Published on Amazon.com
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(And if you don’t already have sympathy for screenwriters try reading Neil Gaiman’s “The Gold Fish Pond” or David Morrell’s “The Successful Novelist.”)

The book points out that there’s a greater chance of winning the lottery than selling a screenplay, but—if you have drive and talent—following the honest and generous advice in this book can only stack the odds in your favor.

I am not a screenwriter (even though I won five dollars on a scratch and win ticket once)—but want to learn all I can from all kinds of writers and all kinds of books.

It’s well organized by topic and can be re-read in doses as needed. It claims to not be a writing craft book—but it’s that and more. Anyone with a story to tell should find value in this book. Or at least be inspired.

One of my favorite quotes is from the chapter on rewriting:

“An art teacher once taught me to hold a painting up to a mirror to see its hidden flaws. But there is no equivalent to that in writing. If you hold up your script to a mirror, it’s just backwards! The only way to get that perspective is time away from the material. So the trick in rewriting is to get away from it for as long as you can.” — Steven DeSouza
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended May 8 2014
By C. Block - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to stay on track with screenwriting, especially to the aspiring writer who faces many distractions while pursuing a new craft in writing. This book is a must-have for any screenwriter's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book March 21 2014
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
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Many of these screenwriters such as Akiva Goldsman and Terry Rossio have written the best movies in the last decade and all the tips by these writers have helped me tremendously
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