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Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc

Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Dara Marks
Publisher: Three Mountain Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 356
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0978812905
ISBN-13: 9780978812904

About the Book:

Whether you're a beginning screenwriter or an A-list Academy Award winner, all writers struggle with the same thing: to get to the great script inside.

Step by step, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc guides you through an extraordinary new process that helps identify your thematic intention what your story is really about and teaches you how to turn that intention into the driving force behind all your creative choices. The result is a profound relationship between the movement of the plot and the internal development of character, which is the foundation for the transformational arc.

The transformational arc is the deeper line of structure found inside the story. Knowing how to work with the arc enhances your ability to: express your unique point of view; give meaning and urgency to the line of action; infuse your characters with richness, subtlety, and surprise; develop a powerful emotional undercurrent; make your stories stand out and get attention; a strong transformational arc is the single most important element that makes the difference between a good screenplay and a great one.

Inside Story delivers what the name implies: its the real inside scoop on how to write a great screenplay with depth, dimension, and substance. It is a must-have for any serious screenwriter, playwright, or novelist.

What people say:

"The most exciting thing about Dara's remarkable technique is the way it enhances the creative process. It helps writers identify and express the deeper themes of the story, which gives the structure greater depth and meaning. This is a book you can read with each script you write, as both guide and inspiration. It is more than a unique approach to story. It is an understanding of the transformational process that is life." — Lisa Loomer, Screenwriter/Playwright: Girl, Interrupted, The Waiting Room

"Dara Marks covers everything a writer needs to know about how to take passion and turn it into a meaningful story for an audience. What's more, she does it with the intelligence, clarity, and generosity of a true teacher. INSIDESTORY is an excellent addition to any writer's library." — Ellen Sandler, Writer-Producer: Everybody Loves Raymond, Coach

"Replete with examples from both classic and contemporary films, Dara Marks' Inside Story offers fresh insights into screenwriting structure, enabling writers to better hone their craft and elevate their art." — Prof. Richard Walter, UCLA Screenwriting Chairman

About the Author:

Dara Marks, Ph.D., is a writer and leading international script consultant who has devoted the last twenty years to the development of a groundbreaking approach to the theory of the transformational arc and screenplay structure. Her unique method of story analysis has earned her top ratings by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as the best consultant in the business. She has worked with most major Hollywood studios and many independent filmmakers.