My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch

My Story Can Beat Up Your Story: Ten Ways to Toughen Up Your Screenplay from Opening Hook to Knockout Punch

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By (author) Jeffrey Alan Schechter

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  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 4 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle
  • ISBN 10: 1932907939
  • ISBN 13: 9781932907933
  • Sales rank: 208,496

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My Story Can Beat Up Your Story! is the same powerful, easy-to-learn system that industry insiders have used to generate millions of dollars in script sales and ?assignments. In a clear, step-by-step fashion, this book is a fun, eye-opening, ?brain-expanding, and often irreverent guide to writing stories that sell. Covering everything from Heroes to Villains, from Theme to Plot Points, from cooking up good ideas to a business plan for smart writers, this book forever eliminates that horrible feeling every writer goes through — staring at the blank page and wondering “what comes next?”

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Jeffrey Alan Schechter was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, which explains his endearing personality. After moving to Los Angeles and not wanting to starve, he quickly established himself as a versatile writer, able to work in all genres from action films to family comedies, from pre-school to adult drama, from live action to animation. His writing has earned him nominations for two Emmy awards, a Writers Guild of America award, a Writer's Guild of Canada award, and a BAFTA award. Over the years Jeff has worked with dozens of studios and networks including Warner Bros, Universal Pictures, ABC, NBC, The Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon, The Hallmark Channel, the BBC, VH1 Films, RHI, and The Walt Disney Company.

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By Katrina Graham 04 Aug 2011 5

I just read the last page of My Story Can Beat Up Your Story. This is a book full of passion and hard-nosed tough love. After years of writing award winning shorts I turned to my first feature and felt stumped at how to run a marathon when I'd only trained in sprints. I'm now revising my act structure using the principles in the book and taking up Jeffrey Schechter's one year writing challenge - to write one original spec screenplay, one original half-hour tv pilot, one one-hour drama writing sample and one half-hour family comedy script. I recommend this book - it will make you feel like someone's in your corner.