Making A Good Script Great, 3rd Edition

Other titles by Linda Seger

Advanced Screening
Making a Good Writer Great


242 Pages
Silman-James Press
Available electronic format(s):
Kindle, iBook,

Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea. Making a Good Script Great  takes you through the whole screenwriting process-from initial concept through final rewrite-providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more salable scripts.

While retaining the invaluable insights that placed its first two editions among the all-time most popular screenwriting books, this expanded, revised, and updated third edition adds rich and important new material on dialogue, cinematic images, and point of view, as well as an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis.

If you're writing your first script, this book will help develop your skills for telling a compelling and dramatic story. If you're a veteran screenwriter, it will help you articulate the skills you know intuitively. And if you're currently stuck on a rewrite, this book will help you analyze and solve your script's problems and get it back on track.

About Linda Seger

Linda Seger began her script consulting business in 1981, based on a script analysis method she developed as part of her doctoral dissertation, "What Makes a Script Work?" Since then, she has consulted with writers, producers, directors, and production companies on more than 2,000 scripts and 100 produced films and taught scriptwriting in 31 countries. Among her many clients have been Ray Bradbury, Peter Jackson, William Kelley, Tony Bill, ITC Entertainment, Charles Fries Entertainment, TriStar Pictures, and the Sundance Institute. She has given seminars for executives at ABC, CBS, NBC, Disney, Embassy Television, RAI television (Italy), and ZDF television (Germany), as well as for members of the American Film Institute, the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Living Legacy Award from the Moondance International Film Festival. She is the author of eight books on screenwriting.

"I found Making a Good Script Great so helpful, specifically your sections on the central question and creating scene sequences. I've used those concepts on all my films starting with Apollo 13." -Ron Howard
Making a Good Script Great will not just help you to understand the conventions that make a great script; it will help you put them into practice, challenge those conventions, and force you to ask the hard questions that need asking-without which, no screenplay finds itself. This is a must-read for any aspiring screenwriter, as well as the seasoned pro."
—Bobby Moresco, Academy Award-winning Co-Writer, Crash

"I read the first edition of Making a Good Script Great when I was just starting out and found it extremely enlightening. As much as I believe in writing intuitively, when the time comes to cast a critical eye on your work, Linda Seger has created an outstanding field guide to the difficult but essential process of rewriting."
—Jim Taylor, Academy Award-winning Co-Writer, Sideways

"Linda's book has been extremely helpful to me. Her examination of screenplay structure and character development should be studied by all aspiring and working writers."
—Stuart Beattie, Writer, Collateral; Co-Writer, Pirates of the Caribbean

"I wouldn't have been able to get my pen to the page without Making a Good Script Great, and this new 3rd edition is better than ever. with fresh examples and updates. If you want to write, you need this book."
—Ellen Sandler, Writer-Producer, Co-Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond

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