Mastering the Essential Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters
At a Glance
Most seminars and books attempt to teach the frustrated screenwriter what to do and what not to do; this course will outline how to do it - how to develop habits that will lead to more joy in the writing process and better scripts.
In Mastering the Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will guide students to identify and develop the key habits of A-list screenwriters, like Ron Bass, Akiva Goldsman, Gerald DiPego, Eric Roth, Nicholas Kazan, Ed Solomon, Scott Rosenberg, and more. He'll offer an insider's view at how these pros discipline themselves, create original material, conquer the blank page, eliminate writer's block, network, pitch, and persevere in Hollywood.
Modeling what works is the philosophy at the heart of this course. The secret to success in any field is to find what successful people do and think about, and do the same. The difference between successful screenwriters and amateurs is that successful screenwriters do all the things that amateurs want to do but can't do, or don't know how to do.
This course is an effective way to have all these successful screenwriters be your personal mentors. Study their habits, learn from them, and maybe their wisdom will rub off on you and arm you with enough knowledge and self-confidence to accomplish your goals. By taking this course, you'll discover what it really takes to be a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, and either see similarities in your attitudes and ways of thinking, or be inspired to adopt new ones.
Here’s a general breakdown of subjects covered in this course:
Week 1: The Creative Process
- Creating fresh ideas
- Trusting your instincts & writing what excites you
- Asking the right questions
- Planning your story
- Conquering writer's block
Week 2: Discipline
- Setting writing goals & writing regularly
- Facing the blank page
- Silencing your inner critic
- Getting physical
- Finding the time to write & other procrastinating issues
Week 3: Craft
- Knowing what makes a great story
- Setting a high standard of excellence
- Discrimination between good & bad writing
- Evoking emotions in the reader
- Rewriting tips
Week 4: Perseverance
- Being open to outside criticism & feedback
- Understanding the rules of the game
- Adapting to the Hollywood System
- Alternatives to query letters: How to really get an agent or producer interested in your script
- Handling rejection like a pro
- Remaining passionate despite disappointments
- Publisher Screenwriters University
- Date available: 01/01/2010
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Meet the Author: Karl Iglesias
Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s just won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 20...