Organic Screenwriting: Writing for Film, Naturally

MDG Media International
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Finally! A Book for Screenwriters that Focuses on Creativity, not Rules!

"Organic Screenwriting gives us permission to do what we set out to do in the first place: Tell stories from our hearts."

– Luke Yankee, writer/producer of TV’s Conversations on Craft

Writing for film doesn’t have to feel like an engineered exercise in story-building. Rather, it can be a story-freeing adventure, one that retains all the magic, wonder and awe of movies and make-believe.

Learn to craft engaging, compelling, entertaining stories for the screen...spontaneously and without struggle, whether you're a seasoned screenwriter or just starting out.

Be the Storyteller You Are...Go Organic: Write Your Screenplay the Natural Way!

"What I share here speaks to the core of what I believe, not only about screenwriting but about writing, and that's that creativity is an organic process that relies more on discernment than rules, more on intuition than outlines, more on passion than structure. It's a free-flowing, in-the-moment experience that urges us to turn our backs on cookie-cutter formulas and paint-by-numbers canvasses. It's a realm where Story is king and Muse is both chancellor and court jester. It's a journey where we sit, wide-eyed, in a darkened theater and watch, awestruck, as our screenplay reveals itself to us on the flickering screen."

– Mark David Gerson

"A seminal work that should be read carefully by any and all aspiring writers for film and television … an enduringly useful reference work."

– The Midwest Book Review

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About the author

Mark David Gerson is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books. His nonfiction includes popular titles for writers, inspiring personal growth books and compelling memoirs. As a novelist and screenwriter, he is best known for The Legend of Q’ntana fantasy series, coming soon to movie theaters. When not writing, Mark David coaches an international roster of both first-time and seasoned writers to help them get their stories onto the page and into the world with ease.

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MDG Media International
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Published on
Apr 20, 2019
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Foreign Language Study / English as a Second Language
Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing
Performing Arts / Film / Screenwriting
Performing Arts / Television / Screenwriting
Reference / Writing Skills
Self-Help / Creativity
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