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.
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“...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)
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.
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!
I've read many books on writing, enough to know that this audiobook is mostly filled with bad advice. I've read many books on writing and the single most useful for either books or scripts would be The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters because the author just basically went around asking a bunch of successful Hollywood writers questions about their craft and published the best answers.
I have a listened to this audiobook from beginning to end seven or eight times so far. If you enjoy stories, and who doesn't, this book will help you understand and appreciate the fine art of story creation and will even help you enjoy books, movies, plays and many other vehicles of drama for the rest of your life. If you are interested in the power of stories to convey emotion that engages audiences of all types, this is a must read. I chose this book to help convey the mission and purpose of a tech start up business to investors, employees and customers. I will also use the tools and principles learned here when I retire and write a book series of the very stories I used to tell my children at that bedtime.
This is the Bible of storytelling! Anyone who loves books, movies or stories of any kind should read/listen to this book. Brian helps us discover the reason why some stories resonate and others do not. I was hooked from the first few minutes. Anyone who wants to write, edit or critique stories should be required to first read this book.
Dulce bellum inexpertis
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.
I rarely find good books about writing. this one is amazing. I'm about to listen to it for the second time.
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!
"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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