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A book that teaches aspiring writers how to get from a basic idea to a fully rewritten screenplay.
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Finish The Script! is a screenwriting book for anyone who wants to be a writer. It takes a step-by-step approach and focuses not only on theory but also on the actual writing process. It’s a full college course squeezed into book form that will take novice writers from concept through multiple drafts.

What separates Finish The Script! from other screenwriting books is that I'll be writing a screenplay right along with you. From finishing all the hard bits of the first draft to rewrite hell, I'll be by your side tearing apart my own work so you can learn. It will be as if we are in the classroom together!

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Why $1,000?
A not so little secret about me is that I’m highly dyslexic. This means that hiring an editor is a must, and that’s the goal of this Kickstarter: to pay a professional to turn my misspellings and typos into something readable.

How Long Is It?
Right now it's sitting at 42,000 words. After another round of rewrites it should end up between 45K to 50K.

Risks and challenges

The second draft of the book is done, and I'm using my writing students this semester as beta testers. I'm seeing where they have trouble following along and what kinds of questions they have. I'll use their input to rewrite the book, and then I'll turn that draft in to my editor in late April. That will give us plenty of turnaround time to make our official July release date.

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    A DRM-Free copy of the e-book in .mobi, .epub and .pdf format.

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    The e-book and a digital copy of my graphic novel, “Holiday Wars,” with the original notes I used to write the first draft, plus a breakdown of how the script changed through the rewrite process.

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    Up to Four 45 minute Skype conversation where we can talk about the assignments in the book, your current project, or anything writing related. This pledge level also includes all previous rewards.

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    Complete the assignments in “Finish The Script!” and submit them to me for feedback. Then when you finish the rewrites of your screenplay, submit up to 120 pages to me for a full analysis. This pledge level also includes recognition in the printed book as well as all previous rewards except for the beta testing.

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    Become a character in Volume 3 of "Holiday Wars!" We will use your likeness and you'll be guaranteed several speaking scenes in the comic. Included with this are all previous rewards.

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    I will skype to you and we will spend the day working together one on one. Also included with this is everything from the $400 pledge level.

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    I will drive to your city or town and we will spend the day working together one on one (you must be within a 8 hour drive of Ocean City, Maryland). Also included with this is everything from the $400 pledge level.

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    I will fly to your city or town and we will spend the day working together one on one (continental US only). Also included with this is everything from the $400 pledge level.

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