The New Scriptwriter's Journal places you, the writer, in the center of the complex and challenging process of scriptwriting. Charge up your imagination while learning how to write a professional screenplay. This informational and inspirational guide details the creative aspects of scriptwriting such as crafting dialogue and shaping characters. Inside, you'll find blank pages to jot down your thoughts, ideas, and responses to the text, creating your own source book of script ideas. Whether you're an indie filmmaker longing to shoot your first digital feature or an aspiring screenwriter writing a spec script for Hollywood, your journal will be an invaluable resource. Special chapters offer insights on adaptation, ethics of screenwriting, and the future of storytelling in the digital age, as well as alternative storytelling. Additionally, The New Scriptwriter's Journal includes an invaluable annotated guide to periodicals, trade publications, books, catalogs, production directories, script sources. scriptwriting software, and internet resources.

Key Features

Blank pages allow for recordign thoughts and ideas, therefore creating your own sourcebook of ideas Provides new information on industry trends and rpatices which will help to market the finished script Enhanced study of character development and motivation


Beginning and experienced scriptwriters; students.

Table of Contents

The Inner Journey; The Writing Process; Creative Problem Solving; Becoming a Professional; Bold Beginnings; Becoming a Professional; Shaping stories; Creating Characters; Crafting Dialogue; Adaptation; Abuses of Enchantment; Making Dreams Reel; Resources


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© 2000
Focal Press
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About the author

Mary Johnson

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Scriptwriting, University of Central Florida


"I like the focus on process and the "inner journey". It flows with the teaching methods I use.' -Prof. James Anderson, Chaffey College