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The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, 10th Anniversary Edition: Insider Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers Paperback – Oct 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 2 edition (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144052789X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440527890
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 413 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Format: Kindle Edition
This book will make you want to become a novelist. ( ;

(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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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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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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HASH(0xa832e6fc) 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
Format: Paperback
'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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa83316d8) 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.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8322fd8) out of 5 stars Good book...but you may already own it Oct. 5 2011
By T. D. Reilly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed the original "101 Habits..." very much. This book is that exact same one reprinted with a couple more screenwriters and their perspectives added to the mix. I give this three stars because I've seen this book promoted as being "new." If you own the original, DON'T buy the 10th anniversary edition. You'll be disappointed as I was that you essentially already own it. If you didn't buy the original, then I recommend this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86dcf18) out of 5 stars excellent book June 29 2013
By Mr Cheng wilfred - Published on Amazon.com
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when I've read this book I no longer feel awkward , not that I consider myself as a successful writer , but I could find the same problems a writer has to endure. Besides there are several techniques that I found very useful for my work :)
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8322a98) out of 5 stars This book will make you want to become a novelist. ( ; May 22 2014
By Jenny Orelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
(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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