Writing A Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting

The main instructional text used in the Scriptwriting Mastery program.

Available in Kindle and paperback editions



Dilemma, Crisis, Decision & Action, and Resolution
Dramatizing Your Plot

Developing the Heart of Your Story

The Enneagram
Creating Deep, Complex, and Distinct Characters

Research and Brainstorming
Exploring Possibilities and Opening Up Your Story

The 36 Dramatic Situations
Developing and Energizing Your Plot

The Central Proposition
Tying Your Plot Together and Cranking Up the Conflict

Sequence, Proposition, Plot
Constructing and Tightening Your Plot

Using The 36 Dramatic Situations
Interrupting the Process to Brainstorm…

Using The Enneagram
Developing Characters…

Using Theme
The Value of Knowing Your Theme…

Using Research and Brainstorming
Sources and Resources… Eureka!

Using the Central Proposition
Developing Conflict…

Post Script
Master the Craft of the Dramatist Become a Great Storyteller Manage Your Rewrite Process Some Helpful Hints for the Professional Screenwriter A Final Assignment

Using Sequence, Proposition, Plot
Laying Out the Ending on Note Cards

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