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Featuring 21 guideposts to help you write your screenplay, The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story authored by Neil Landau and published by Focal Press will help keep you on track and complete your final draft. This Softcover book features 204 pages of tips & tricks on writing and was published in October 2012.
Neil Landau has taught in the MFA Screenwriting and Producing Programs at UCLA School of Film & Television and USC School of Cinematic Arts. He was also a faculty adviser in the MFA Writing Program at Goddard College. Landau even wrote "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" along with many other credits.
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GuidePost 1: Clarify the Central Conflict of Your Premise GuidePost 2: Think of Setting and Time Period as Another Character GuidePost 3: Create an Iconic Protagonist with a Core Contradiction GuidePost 4: Give Your Protagonist Something to Win and Something to Lose GuidePost 5: Determine Your Protagonist's Most Significant Weakness and How They'll Overcome It GuidePost 6: Drafting the Architectural Foundation GuidePost 7: Hook Your Audience into the Plight of Your Protagonist by Page 10 GuidePost 8: Inject a Potent Antagonistic Force to Obstruct the Goals of Your Protagonist GuidePost 9: Plunge Your Protagonist into Crisis at the End of Act One (No Later than Page 25) GuidePost 10: Fueling and Consistently Stoking the Dramatic Fire GuidePost 11: Infuse Your Story with a Central Mystery GuidePost 12: The Center Can Hold: Ratcheting up the Stakes at the Midpoint of Act 2 GuidePost 13: Thicken the Plot with a Pivotal Character GuidePost 14: Compel your Protagonist into Epiphany in Act 3 GuidePost 15: Situate Your Protagonist at a Crossroads at the End of Act 2 GuidePost 16: Set the Clock Ticking GuidePost 17: Heighten the Climax Guidepost 18: Pay-off the Setups GuidePost 19: Crafting the Inevitable Conclusion GuidePost 20: Illuminate the Central Thematic Question GuidePost 21: Rewrites: Reconnecting to the Emotional Core of Your Screenplay
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October 4, 2012
Focal Press Book: The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story Review