The Doctor will see you now…..
by Jessica Brown, Screenwriter and Board Member of Phoenix Screenwriters Association
While most of us dread going to the doctor, there is one doctor that every screenwriter should see. This doctor even makes house calls. He will sit by your side and wait patiently until you ask his advice. His prescriptions and remedies will cure what ails your writing each and every time. His name is Dr. Format (AKA Dave Trottier) and he is the author of one of the best all around resource guides for screenwriters titled The Screenwriter’s Bible, 7th Edition: A Complete Guide To Writing, Formatting and Selling Your Script.
I recommend this book to all screenwriters regardless of your experience or the number of scripts you have written. It consists of five books in one. This book alone, will take you through the five different phases of developing your story and the key elements of Storytelling, Revising scenes, the Seven Steps to a Stunning Script, Proper Formatting, and how to build a Marketing Plan and Sell
Dr. Format’s book is beautifully laid out. The table of contents will easily guide you to the exact remedy for what ails your screenplay, your process, or your formatting woes. Dr. Format even has a personal challenge towards the end of the book to give you a little pep talk about your career in writing and how to go out and conquer Hollywood.
Dr. Format has additional resources that you can purchase on Amazon or his website: Keepwriting.com. He even hosts writers retreats up near his home in a beautiful area of Utah. His website has all the details.
So whether you are needing a sensible plan to jump-start your writing career, need help developing characters, writing action, or properly format your script, call Dr. Format. The Doctor will see you now.
I know of you from your hours of devotion to helping other screenwriters like me. Your informative comments have helped and inspired me. …So, how can I not buy the book? 😉
I have used this wonderful book since your recommendation. It helps in most aspects of screenwriting except for one in particular. In my opinion the 5 pages devoted to comedy doesn’t pull examples from the funnier screenplays and the advice and one example have been repeated,recycled from elsewhere in the book.
I’ve done my share of comedy lately. I’ve read a couple books on comedy writing and both were 4 stars, I think, because they couple writing and acting comedy. There’s room for a better book on the subject.
I do get a lot of use from “The Screenwriters Bible” and appreciate your recommendation. Thanks!
– Such a brilliant soul~!!