Rewriting Secrets For Screenwriters
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Get me rewrite! Screen scribe Tom Lazarus, author of Secrets of Film Writing and former IWOSC panelist, is back with a new book, Rewriting Secrets for Screenwriters: Seven Strategies to Improve and Sell Your Work.
One of the important, if not the most important, parts of screenwriting is rewriting. Rewriting Secrets offers a comprehensive strategy for rewriting, some examples of actual rewrites, some hair-raising stories about nightmare rewrites, and a lot more — including a forward by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank.
Every screenwriter needs to rewrite — more than once, probably many times — to make the story work and then to make a sale. And then again later on, to please producers, studios, or stars. Lazarus — author of Stigmata, among other scripts — is a working screenwriter and teaches the Advanced Screenwriting Workshop at UCLA Extension. In this book, he’s distilled his own experience and that of other screenwriters into a system, in a book that is laced with humor and attitude as well as practical information.