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Solving Your Script is a hardheaded approach to solving technical problems in scripts. In down-to-earth chapters, award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Sweet introduces tools enabling writers to:
  • write exposition using the future tense
  • make characters vivid even before they appear
  • find the idiosyncrasies in a character that will generate story
Each chapter includes a discussion of a particular technique, followed by an assignment from Sweet's workshop and scenes written by his colleagues and students. There are also detailed discussions of what works in the scenes, what is problematic, and why.

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This book came about because a number of the readers of THE DRAMATIST'S TOOLKIT asked me if I had exercises I assigned when teaching. These exercises form the spine of the book, but writing this also gave me the opportunity to explore new ideas I've stumbled on in the years since the publication of THE DRAMATIST'S TOOLKIT. This isn't a book of vague inspiration but one intended to make writers aware of the technical options that face them when trying to tell a story with actors.
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You may not be able to study with award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Sweet at New York's Actors Studio, but now you can take advantage of the next-best thing -- and you don't have to move to New York. SOLVING YOUR SCRIPT is a virtual workshop in a book, helping you develop the technical muscles you need to write for the stage, film and television.

You'll discover tools to help you:
* write exposition using the future tense
* make characters vivid even before they appear
* find the idiosyncrasies in a character that will generate story.

Each chapter includes a discussion of a particular technique, followed by an assignment from Sweet's workshop and scenes written by his colleagues and students -- with detailed discussions of what works, what doesn't and why.

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  • PublisherHeinemann Drama
  • Publication date2001
  • ISBN 10 0325000530
  • ISBN 13 9780325000534
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages240
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