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Invisible Ink Audiobook

Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed by successful screenwriters and authors, Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling.

Brian McDonald, an award winning screenwriter who has taught his craft at several major studios, supplies writers with tools to make their work more effective and provides readers and audiences a deeper understanding of the storyteller's art.

When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts. You will learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, making your writing engage audiences, creating appealing characters, and much more.

©2010 Brian McDonald (P)2013 Open Book Audio

What the Critics Say

“...If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read Invisible Ink.” (Andrew Stanton, cowriter Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and cowriter/director Finding Nemo and WALL-E)

“...Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril.” (Jim Taylor, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election)

“... I recommend this fine handbook on craft to any writer, apprentice or professional, working in any genre or form.” (Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage)

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    micah BURBANK, CA, United States 11-12-13
    micah BURBANK, CA, United States 11-12-13
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    "Wonderfully succinct!"
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    His voice didn't get in the way of the information, which is the most that can be asked considering the book is non-fiction. There were a few dramatic opportunities, and they were done well.


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    Such a great book for anyone interested in learning about writing in general, and screenwriting or writing for graphic novels in particular. I'm an professional storyboard and comic artist that has many "story ideas" but has always been far too aware of my own lack of understanding of writing to actually bring those ideas to fruition. After listening to Mcdonald break down what makes a successful story, I already feel more aware of how to construct a successful story. Highly recommended!

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    Penfist 07-27-16
    Penfist 07-27-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent advice for storytellers"

    Short and sweet ideas geared to screenwriting but suitable for all storytellers. Helpful in regards to what connects and keeps an audience engaged. Listen more than once.

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    A. O. Neill Denver Colorado currently in Sweden 01-03-16
    A. O. Neill Denver Colorado currently in Sweden 01-03-16 Member Since 2007
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    I rarely find good books about writing. this one is amazing. I'm about to listen to it for the second time.

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    Melvin Todd 12-16-15
    Melvin Todd 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book to improve your stories"

    Brian's view on what makes a story special is not only practical but will be the only way you want to afterwards. Buy this now!

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    David 08-26-15
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    "Give me more!"

    Such a great and powerful book. I have listen to it a few times and I keep gaining more each time. I wish it were longer or go into more detail, although I fail to see what could be added. This has helped me shape and review movies and screenplays in a whole new way! Thank you for creating this book and providing profound wisdom to us in the world of few good stories!

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    Jaymeson Catsouphes 07-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "So helpful!"

    A few edit errors in the audio, but the book is great! Will listen again and again

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    EZRAswen 04-01-15
    EZRAswen 04-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen on repeat"

    I listen to this as a printer before I start a new project. Keeps me grounded in structure and purposeful storytelling.

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    Rogers Family Kaysville, UT, US 03-04-15
    Rogers Family Kaysville, UT, US 03-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Opened my eyes to writing"

    I love writing and as I have gone through this book it has taken my writing to a hole new level. I review this book regularly to make sure I'm not forgetting something important

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    Patrick Davidson Costa Rica 01-21-15
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    "Chock full of great info"

    I've got five pages of notes just from one reading. Will read again for sure.

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    "If only there were more :("

    This book gave much better understanding of story and its inner cog wheels and how it works and why. It gives me confidence to try write the story in an English language by being a foreigners. I was even shy to try it now I know all the basics and happy to give a shot :)

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