Practical help for screenwriters
Want to write a gripping thriller? See below.
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Let me keep you in suspense for a little while. In my view, a thriller is a film in any genre but with added fear. Fear and suspense dominate the thriller – an almost constant sense that something frightening is about to happen – or is happening right now. This is contrasts with a classic action-adventure, where the dominant emotion is fast-moving excitement.
The tough art of screenwriting
Writing good screenplays for cinema and TV is tough, but immensely rewarding. Selling and making them is even tougher (but much more rewarding!). Luckily there are practical ways to make things at least a little easier.
I’m an award-winning writer director and experienced script consultant – and on this site I’ve put a host of articles, tricks of the trade, books and other resources to help you with all aspects of writing, wherever you are now.
You’ll find masses of useful resources on writing and related issues here. Check out the blog - free screenplay format guides and templates to download with information on screenwriting software – and an FAQ on how to use the Internet for Research.
There are now thousands of books on screenwriting for beginner writers and advanced, but some are more useful than others. I’ve lists of the books I’ve found useful, a shorter list of my all-time favourites, and of course my own books – Police Slang, short stories in anthologies, and A Complete Screenwriting Course – coming out in October.
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