Q. Love your book (Crafty Screenwriting), love your website!
Perhaps, since I've never read your Crafty TV book, my questions may seem dated. However, in the hopes I wouldn't come off as a fraud by creating a "fake" blog, I write you now and hope that your answers are the usual sage advise that are prevalent on your site. [... followed by a bunch of questions]
C'mon, guys. If you like the blog, do yourself a favor, and buy the book. The books are filled with what I know about screenwriting, organized in a coherent soup-to-nuts structure. In the books, I develop my concepts in detail. In the blog, I just refer to them.
If you can't be bothered to read my books, let alone buy them, please don't ask me to answer questions that the book answers.
As for creating a "fake" blog, don't be shy. You don't need to create any sort of blog to sign up with Blogger.
Looking up at my bookshelf right now, it looks like I've read thirty or so screenwriting books, and I can honestly say that Crafty Screenwriting and Crafty TV writing are two of my favorites.
In my humble opinion, most books on writing contain far too much motivational content or spend too many chapters on why writing is important to the author, and should be to you. If you're not motivated, and if writing is not important to you, you probably shouldn't be writing.
The Crafty series is ALL meat and potatoes. Valuable content on every single page and if you got a look at my copy of each, you'd see little red stickies and highlights from beginning to end. I'm constantly telling my writing pals about this series, and that's something I've never done before.
Jesus, Alex, you're embarrassing yourself.
Stop posting under assumed names.
Seriously, having worked first hand with Mr. Epstein, I can say that Crafty Screenwriting and Crafty TV is the closest thing you can get to Mr. Epstein in handy book form. So basically you're missing his hat. And the hat is nice, don't get me wrong -- but the knowledge is better!
I finally ordered both from Amazon the other day. Mom's birthday was a perfect excuse to spend twice as much on myself.
I've sold used most of my writing books to clear room on my shelves. The crafty series stays because it is the best direct series I've read.
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