San Diego, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 01/27/2014 -- Always wanted to learn how to write a screenplay? Not sure where to start, or how to shape those creative ideas swirling in your brain into a cohesive story? Well, according to Michael Rogan, author of the new "How to Write a Screenplay" ScriptBully collection, the key is to "learn just enough theory to be dangerous, and then get most of your education from a crappy rough draft."
Rogan, author of five bestselling screenwriting books, learned his chops as a script reader. "I'm pretty sure greeters at Wal Mart got paid more than I did."
But in his time as a script reader he learned a valuable lesson: there's very little creative difference between screenplays written by professionals, and scripts churned out by eager newbies.
"The pros just knew a few more tricks than beginners do," said Rogan. "I didn't think it was fair so I wrote the ScriptBully collection to share some of those tricks with the world."
In the "How to Write a Screenplay (ScriptBully Complete Collection" combines his five bestselling screenwriting books into one single volume.
The collection includes, Vol.1: How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn't Suck. ("This is where I show screenwriters that most of the story structure stuff the learned is crap.")
Vol.2: How to Write a Movie Script With Characters Don't Suck ("Good characters is all about the dilemmas they're faced with, not the color of their hair.")
Vol.3: How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn't Suck ("Good dialogue isn't some natural-born talent 1% of the population has. It can be learned. Quickly!")
Vol.4: Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy ("Most format books are boring and overly involved. I tried to write one that didn't sound like an insurance seminar.")
...and Vol.5: Selling a Screnplay in the 21st Century ("Forget query letters! It's all about schmoozing at film festivals and sending tons of emails that don't suck.)
Most of all, Rogan wants to empower fellow screenwriters to get over their fear that they're not good enough, or that they don't know enough about story structure.
"We all know a crappy story when we see one. The key is to figure out what makes a story good, and then keep working on ours until it doens't suck."
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