• Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art of Character

Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV
Author: David Corbett
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101602996
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 416
View: 4432
Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

The Art of Character

Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and Tv
Author: David Corbett
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
ISBN: 014312157X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 383
View: 2865
A former private investigator who became a widely acclaimed author offers insights on creating and writing vivid, interesting and memorable characters and describes how to craft colorful dialogue between them. Original. 25,000 first printing.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Creating Unforgettable Characters


Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780805011715
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 239
View: 2188
How to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction is the focus of this new book. The author introduces a series of concepts designed to stimulate the creative process, combining them with practical techniques and exercises. The book covers everything from doing the necessary research and developing the backstory and character psychology to avoiding stereotypes and working through character blocks. Throughout are interviews with many of today's top writers for film, television, and advertising as well as novelists and playwrights.

    • Performing Arts

Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Updated and Expanded edition


Author: Andrew Horton
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520924178
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 249
View: 5772
"We need good screenwriters who understand character." Everywhere Andrew Horton traveled in researching this book—from Hollywood to Hungary—he heard the same refrain. Yet most of the standard how-to books on screenwriting follow the film industry's earlier lead in focusing almost exclusively on plot and formulaic structures. With this book, Horton, a film scholar and successful screenwriter, provides the definitive work on the character-based screenplay. Exceptionally wide-ranging—covering American, international, mainstream, and "off-Hollywood" films, as well as television—the book offers creative strategies and essential practical information. Horton begins by placing screenwriting in the context of the storytelling tradition, arguing through literary and cultural analysis that all great stories revolve around a strong central character. He then suggests specific techniques and concepts to help any writer—whether new or experienced—build more vivid characters and screenplays. Centering his discussion around four film examples—including Thelma & Louise and The Silence of the Lambs—and the television series, Northern Exposure, he takes the reader step-by-step through the screenwriting process, starting with the development of multi-dimensional characters and continuing through to rewrite. Finally, he includes a wealth of information about contests, fellowships, and film festivals. Espousing a new, character-based approach to screenwriting, this engaging, insightful work will prove an essential guide to all of those involved in the writing and development of film scripts.

    • Fiction

Do They Know I'm Running?

A Novel
Author: David Corbett
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049982735
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 5537
Caught up in a scheme to smuggle his deported uncle back across the border, a young American must fight to save his family, himself, and the woman he loves At eighteen, Roque Montalvo is a gifted guitarist and a hit with women, but the rest of his life is a struggle. Orphaned at birth and scraping by in a rough Northern California town, he helps support his hardworking aunt and tends to his ex-marine brother—a physical and emotional wreck after his tour in Iraq. Then, to make matters worse, his uncle gets snared in a workplace raid and federal immigration agents deport him back to El Salvador. When Montalvo’s loose-cannon cousin, himself a former deportee, shows up unannounced, he draws Montalvo into a scheme to rescue his uncle and bring him back home. It’s a perilous undertaking in the best of cases, now that gangs and organized crime control the smuggling routes, and the risk ratchets higher when Montalvo learns he’ll be transporting not just his uncle, but also a Palestinian refugee and a young beauty destined for the clutches of a fierce Mexican crime boss. A gritty, realistic, and unforgettable adventure where all borders are tested, Do They Know I’m Running? tightropes the perilous line between menace and hope, danger and home.

    • Fiction

The Devil's Redhead

A Novel
Author: David Corbett
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049984649
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 4561
An ex-con risks his freedom and his life to rekindle an old love affair They call him Bad Dan, the Man Who Can. A talented photographer who makes his living smuggling premium Thai marijuana into the States, he meets Shel at a Las Vegas blackjack table, and falls instantly in love. After two years of whirlwind passion, they are living in California and plotting a final score. But in his haste to escape the con life, Dan makes a fatal mistake. The score goes sour, and Dan agrees to a ten-year stint to buy a light sentence for the woman he loves. When he emerges from jail, Dan’s freewheeling spirit is gone. His parole bars him from consorting with known felons, but no power on earth can keep him away from Shel. Attempting to reconnect with her draws them both back into the smuggling game, where the only things hotter than their passion are the tempers of the men who want them dead.

    • Performing Arts

Making a Good Writer Great

A Creativity Workbook for Screenwriters
Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781879505490
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 233
View: 2598
Teaches writers how to be creative within the craft of screenwriting, and discusses theme development, sensation-thinking, dream images, character opposition, and personal vision

    • Literary Collections

Great Short Stories of the Masters


Author: Charles Neider
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0815412533
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 553
View: 4730
Collected here are 49 uncommon stories drawn from the world's greatest essayists, poets, novelists, playwrights, and short story writers.

    • Performing Arts

Writing the Science Fiction Film


Author: Robert Grant
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615931361
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 250
View: 4108
Science fiction is the most creative genre available for exploring the human condition and also the most profitable. Explore classic sci-fi films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, and Star Wars, while learning how to craft your own powerful new worlds.

    • Fiction

Blood of Paradise

A Novel
Author: David Corbett
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9049982786
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 2502
In El Salvador, a young American faces his troubled past—and a dangerous present Jude McManus has landed on his feet. Following time in the army, he scored work as an “executive protection specialist” in El Salvador, where he safeguards a hydrologist for good money and gets to surf during his downtime. But this slice of paradise comes with post-civil-war dangers, and distance won’t erase his cruel memories of Chicago. Ten years earlier, his cop father was outed as part of the Laugh Masters, a group of police officers investigated for robbing and brutally beating drug dealers. In the wake of the scandal, the family fell apart, and his father died under suspicious circumstances. When McManus gets a call from Bill Malvasio—one of his dad’s closest friends and an escaped member of the Laugh Masters, now living in El Salvador—the past comes knocking in a big way. Malvasio opens up about what really happened, and seeks help for another member of McManus’s father’s old crew. Is the disgraced ex-cop being straight with McManus? Hidden corruption abounds, and it will take all of McManus’s wits to come away with the truth—and his life—intact.

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Creating Character

Bringing Your Story to Life
Author: William Bernhardt
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780989378901
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 142
View: 9135
All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don't interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. "Action is character," Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own writing. William Bernhardt is the author of more than thirty novels, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

    • Reference

The Art of Characterization

How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast
Author: Fay Lamb
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781938092503
Category: Reference
Page: 64
View: 4062
Put on your director's cap and prepare to set your story world's stage with memorable scenes and unforgettable characters. Great storytelling isn't done haphazardly. Storytelling is an art which requires practice to master. In The Art of Characterization authors are shown elements of storytelling which, when practiced correctly, utilizes forward-moving description and back story, deep point of view, dialogue, and conflict to create a cast of characters readers will never forget.

    • Reference

Creating Characters

The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction
Author: Writer's Digest Books Editors
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781599638768
Category: Reference
Page: 341
View: 6492
"Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life"--Publisher.

    • Performing Arts

Dialogue

The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
Author: Robert Mckee
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 1455591920
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 352
View: 9406
The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially bestselling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling. Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation. Now, in DIALOGUE, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. DIALOGUE applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.

    • Reference

Characters & Viewpoint


Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
ISBN: N.A
Category: Reference
Page: 182
View: 983
Describes the different kinds of functions characters fulfill in a story, discusses motive, stereotypes, models, minor characters, comedy, and transformation

    • Young Adult Fiction

The Art of Being Normal

A Novel
Author: Lisa Williamson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN: 0374302391
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 288
View: 944
David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth: David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal: to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in his class is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long , and soon everyone knows that Leo used to be a girl. As David prepares to come out to his family and transition into life as a girl and Leo wrestles with figuring out how to deal with people who try to define him through his history, they find in each other the friendship and support they need to navigate life as transgender teens as well as the courage to decide for themselves what normal really means.

    • Fiction

In the Company of the Courtesan

A Novel
Author: Sarah Dunant
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1588365506
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
View: 9773
My lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city, letting in a flood of half-starved, half-crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment. Thus begins In the Company of the Courtesan, Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy. Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice, the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east-west trade: rich and rancid, pious and profitable, beautiful and squalid. With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society. Together they make the perfect partnership: the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted dwarf, and his vibrant mistress, trained from birth to charm, entertain, and satisfy men who have the money to support her. Yet as their fortunes rise, this perfect partnership comes under threat, from the searing passion of a lover who wants more than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court. But Fiammetta and Bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman, a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all. A story of desire and deception, sin and religion, loyalty and friendship, In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history: It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page. From the Hardcover edition.

    • Performing Arts

Now Write! Screenwriting

Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers
Author: Sherry Ellis,Laurie Lamson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101486074
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 368
View: 8092
An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television shows. Now Write! Screenwriting-the latest addition to the Now Write! writing guide series-brings together the acclaimed screenwriters of films like the Oscar-winning Raging Bull, Oscar- nominated Ali, era-defining blockbuster Terminator 2, musical classic Fame, hit series "Lost" "True Blood" and "The Shield," Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, Chicken Run, Reversal of Fortune, Before Sunrise, Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal, and many more, to teach the art of the story. *Learn about why it is sometimes best to write what you don't know from Christina Kim ('Lost') *Find out how Stephen Rivele (Ali, Nixon) reduces his screenplay ideas down to their most basic elements, and uses that as a writing guide *Learn why you should focus on your character, not your plot, when digging yourself out of a plot home from Danny Rubin (Groundhog Day) *Take tips from Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles) on how to give an inanimate object intense emotional significance *Let Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) teach you how to stop your internal critic dead in his tracks This lively and easy-to-read guide will motivate both aspiring and experienced screenwriters. No other screenwriting book offers advice and exercises from this many writers of successful, iconic films.

    • Fiction

J R


Author: William Gaddis
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 1564786978
Category: Fiction
Page: 752
View: 1290
A great masterpiece by William Gaddis, with a new introduction by Rick Moody. Winner of the 1976 National Book Award, J R is a biting satire about the many ways in which capitalism twists the American spirit into something dangerous, yet pervasive and unassailable. At the center of the novel is a hilarious eleven year old—J R—who with boyish enthusiasm turns a few basic lessons in capitalist principles, coupled with a young boy’s lack of conscience, into a massive and exploitative paper empire. The result is one of the funniest and most disturbing stories ever told about the corruption of the American dream.

    • Performing Arts

Writing Subtext

What Lies Beneath
Author: Linda Seger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781615932580
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 180
View: 3809
What lurks in the shadows, just below waking consciousness? Subtext can be the most important element in text and in a performance. It s an unseen force that speaks directly to the reader s unconscious, deepening meaning and understanding. Great subtext reveals more than simple dialogue and action and is at the heart of the best books and films. It is what glues us to the screen. This book goes far beyond dialogue, action, gestures, genre, and images. Written by one of the foremost script consultants in the world and the most prolific writer on screenwriting, this new edition adds new examples with chapters on analogy and love, and provides deeper explanations of how subtext works beneath the text. This edition has been expanded to be relevant to all fiction writers."