REVIEW Real Screenwriting by Ron Suppa

February 21, 2011 at 10:50 am

Screenwriting Book Review | Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the trenches by Ron Suppa


What I loved about Real Screenwriting is author Ron Suppa’s honesty and sincerity. Here is a screenwriting book that doesn’t hold your hand while you attempt to write the next massive Hollywood hit.  What it does is shed light on the lives of those who have.  It’s a candid behind the scenes look at the business of Hollywood and the screenwriter’s place in it.  It’s not merely about how to create something great but rather what it takes to make sure it doesn’t collect dust once your done.   What makes this book fascinating is how it still manages to incorporate all the tips, strategies and tricks that aspiring screenwriters soak up.

It’s a fantastic read.

Every aspiring screenwriter needs to have a passion strong enough to live the lonely writer’s life but also the determination to succeed.  Before your pen starts scribbling or your fingers start tapping there is always a moment filled with a both fear and excitement.

It’s gut check time. Do you have what it takes?

Screenwriting Book Review | Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the trenches by Ron Suppa

In Real Screenwriting, you are given a welcoming glimpse into the inner workings of the professional screenwriter. Suppa gives amazingly detailed insights into the writing process and what it takes to develop and finish your masterpiece.

Beyond the usual suspects like plot, character, format and more, he also gives you numerous tales from the trenches. Entertaining stories about life in the industry that offer further glimpses into the screenwriting world.  It’s a portrait of life as a screenwriter beyond the creativity needed to create something wonderful and unique.

This is a no holds barred look at writing screenplays that doesn’t spare anyone’s feelings and tells it like it is.  I was developing a new feature screenplay while I read this book for the third time and it took longer than ever because I was constantly stopping to write notes.  I love books that get me thinking about movies and writing.

It’s a perfect addition to anyone’s screenwriting library.

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