I’d seen this book and had wanted to get it for quite a while so decided to purchase it.
The book in question is
The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writers.
This is the Tenth Anniversary Edition. Karl Iglesias (Author)
What you get is twenty-two working writers giving their own personal views on the industry.
The content is divided into 6 Parts.
PART 1 PASSION:
The Urge to Screenwrite
Portrait of a Screenwriter
PART 2 CREATIVITY:
Summoning the Muse
The Creative Process
Creating a Writing Environment
PART 3 DISCIPLINE:
Applying the Seat of Your Pants to the Seat of the Chair
The Writing Habit
PART 4 STORYCRAFT:
Weaving a Great Tale
What Makes A Great Script
The Most Important Audience
PART 5 MARKETING:
It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Your Writing
The Hollywood System
Getting An Agent
Acting Like A Professional
PART 6 THE FOUR PS:
Patience, Perseverance, Passion and Practice
Each of the above parts contain the writer’s insights into that particular area.
I’ve picked three examples of what they have to say. If you’ve been writing a long time, these thoughts should be second nature to you.
“My advice is to read screenplays, good ones and bad ones, so you can learn what you don’t want to do, but more importantly, write a lot of stuff. You only learn to write by writing. Write every day. If it’s a burden, you shouldn’t be doing it.”
“People’s time would be much better spent trying to write screenplays than going to seminars. Make some labors of love. Write others quickly. Have the idea. Be inspired. Write it. Learn as you go. Watch movies. Read screenplays and write some more.”
Aline Brosh McKenna
“I also learned from getting feedback, people around you telling you what works, what doesn’t work, or how it affects an audience.”
The above are just snippets. But it gives you an idea of what to expect.
Definitely worth the money, it’s also very inspirational to see how professional writers broke into the industry. There’s no one way of doing this, everyone’s situation is different.
Definitely worth a read.