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Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Whether you're a beginning screenwriter or an A-list Academy Award winner, all writers struggle with the same thing: to get to the great script inside.

Step by step, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc guides you through an extraordinary new process that helps identify your thematic intention - what your story is really about - and teaches you how to turn that intention into the driving force behind all your creative choices. The result is a profound relationship between the movement of the plot and the internal development of character, which is the foundation for the transformational arc. The transformational arc is the deeper line of structure found inside the story. Knowing how to work with the arc enhances your ability to:

  • Express your unique point of view
  • Give meaning and urgency to the line of action
  • Infuse your characters with richness, subtlety, and surprise
  • Develop a powerful emotional undercurrent
  • Make your stories stand out and get attention

A strong transformational arc is the single most important element that makes the difference between a good screenplay and a great one.

Inside Story delivers what the name implies: it's the real inside scoop on how to write a great screenplay with depth, dimension, and substance. It is a must-have for any serious screenwriter, playwright, or novelist.

What People Are Saying:

"Dara Marks covers everything a writer needs to know about how to take passion and turn it into a meaningful story for an audience. What's more, she does it with the intelligence, clarity, and generosity of a true teacher. Inside Story is an excellent addition to any writer's library." - Ellen Sandler, Writer/Producer, Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach

"Inside Story is not your average book about writing. Marks takes you to a deeper level of storytelling that adds complexity and intensity to any writer's work no matter how experienced or inexperienced they may be." - Rona Edwards & Monika Skerbelis, I Liked It, Didn't Love It: Screenplay Development From the Inside Out

"Study this book. Memorize it. Keep it by your computer. There are a lot of books about structure, but this book guides you on how to go beyond all those formulaic and false external structural guidelines and leads you on a deep journey inside the heart and soul of your story." - Richard Krevolin, Screenwriting From the Soul, How to Adapt Anything Into A Screenplay

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Meet the Author: Dara Marks

Dara Marks, Ph.D. is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past three decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her one of the top script consultants in Hollywood. Dara has worked for most major Hollywood studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of films and television programs. She has a doctorate degree in Mythological Studies and her groundbreaking work in this field continues to help writers engage more deeply ...

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