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Becoming a writer, staying a writer : the artistry, joy, and career of storytelling / J. Michael Straczynski.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781950665884
  • ISBN: 1950665887
  • Physical Description: 230 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Why this book? -- Becoming a writer. In which we discuss murdered typewriters, lost loves, and the writing impulse ; Who are you? Version 1.0 ; Writing for the workshop ; Sanding it down ; Building characters and worlds ; Muse-ings ; You can't sell an idea ; Shark alert! ; Hearing voices ; Finish the damned thing ; Hills, valleys, and the refractory period ; Questions of intent ; How to build a monster in three easy lessons ; To the university or college student ; Systems of creation ; Making time ; Value added -- Staying a writer. Who are you? Version 2.0 ; Nota bene ; Agents of darkness ; Imposter syndrome ; Annnnd here's the pitch ; Several hundred words about writer's block ; Turning it upside down ; Two for the price of fun ; What's in the box? ; The thick plotens ; Living (or at least surviving) the writing life -- Concluding thoughts: touching the world.
Summary, etc.:
"From screenwriter and author J. Michael Straczynski, Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer offers expert insider advice to help fellow writers establish lasting careers as storytellers"-- Provided by publisher.
Straczynski knew he wanted to be a writer, but didn't know how to start a career as a writer-- or how to stay one. This is the kind of guidebook he wishes he'd had, one that offers more than 30 years of experience writing for film, television, books, and comics. He offers writers-- at any stage of their careers-- an honest, and often wisdom on what it means to be, and stay a writer. -- adapted from back cover.
Subject: Authorship > Vocational guidance.
Storytelling.
Authorship > Vocational guidance.
Storytelling.

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Becoming a Writer, Staying a Writer : The Artistry, Joy, and Career of Storytelling
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Screenwriter Straczynski (Becoming Superman) brings his 40 years of writing experience to this abrasive if intermittently insightful guide to the writing business. Aiming to deliver "accurate, practical, and advanced information that can't be found inside the classroom or within the pages of baseline writing books," Straczynski draws on his time writing scripts for Steven Spielberg and revitalizing such comic book franchises as Thor. These experiences give his tips real-world authority: his advice on how to pitch to a producer (start with an intro, describe the characters, then the story) and how to jump-start one's daily writing routine (eschew perfection and just write a sentence, even if it's awful) are practical and valuable. But his opinions can come across as dismissive--he rants against a Los Angeles Science Fiction Convention regular for not completing his manuscript----and his examples, such as explaining word-by-word the edits he made to previous drafts of this book end up being exhausting rather than exhaustive. Straczynski's goal to "reach back and help the next person up the ladder" of a writing career is laudable, but the execution is flawed. Aspiring writers can look elsewhere. Agent: Emma Parry, Janklow & Nesbit Assoc. (June)

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Straczynski (Becoming Superman, 2019), a veteran of TV, comics, and film, presents a funny and candid guide to the writing life. With a novel also coming out this year (Together We Will Go), Straczynski is an authoritative voice on the craft. The first half, Becoming a Writer, is geared toward newbies and explores topics such as the drive to write, what it takes to start a career, and receiving critiques in workshops. In the second half, Staying a Writer, Straczynski digs deeper, examining burnout, confronting imposter syndrome, finding an agent, and more. Valuable tips on world building and plot development are scattered throughout. He also shares what he's learned from his myriad experiences working in Los Angeles and reinventing himself for different formats. A solid addition to the 800s shelf in any public library, this book will appeal to many writers, whether they're just starting out or have been writing for a while. Fans of Straczynski's work--he's best known for Babylon 5, a science fiction series that aired in the '90s--will also enjoy the behind-the-scenes glimpse into Hollywood.