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Has the essentials
on September 18, 2010
Keane does offer a pretty reasonable look at screenwriting, but also professional creative writing in general. He offers his views on the different types of stories that can be written, as well as which medium is more appropriate for what.
For example, he would explain that if you're going for a internal thought heavy story, then you'd probably be better off writing a novel, rather than a screenplay. In this case, he argues that prose expresses internal thoughts better than the visuals of a film.
He provides a pretty thorough rundown of what a screenplay should contain, the structures, and what are the main points you have to focus on, as well as a few personal tricks that he uses to work those things.
He also provides concrete examples to illustrate his points and things he talks about, so that you're not too blind going through the book.
As mentioned, he offers a relatively general look at writing as a profession. This book could work quite well for a beginner who is thinking about writing at a professional level.
However, if you've already read a good amount of books on screenwriting (such as Trottier's The Screenwriter's Bible and others), then what Keane offers is mostly a repeat of what other authors have written about this subject. Although Keane does offer you his own personal view on the matter, most of the content is similar to other 'how to write professionally' books.
This book can be a good read if it is one of your first books about screenwriting. If you already know the basics of writing or have read a lot about it already, then you can probably skip this book.