Invisible Ink

  • by Brian McDonald
  • Narrated by Matt Armstrong
  • 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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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- Julius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2013
  • Publisher: Open Book Audio