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Invisible Ink Audiobook

Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate

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Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed by successful screenwriters and authors, Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling.

Brian McDonald, an award winning screenwriter who has taught his craft at several major studios, supplies writers with tools to make their work more effective and provides readers and audiences a deeper understanding of the storyteller's art.

When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts. You will learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, making your writing engage audiences, creating appealing characters, and much more.

©2010 Brian McDonald (P)2013 Open Book Audio

What the Critics Say

"...If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read Invisible Ink." (Andrew Stanton, cowriter Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and cowriter/director Finding Nemo and WALL-E)

"...Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril." (Jim Taylor, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election)

"... I recommend this fine handbook on craft to any writer, apprentice or professional, working in any genre or form." (Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage)

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    Julius Kings Lynn 16/10/2015
    Julius Kings Lynn 16/10/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "If only there were more :("

    This book gave much better understanding of story and its inner cog wheels and how it works and why. It gives me confidence to try write the story in an English language by being a foreigners. I was even shy to try it now I know all the basics and happy to give a shot :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • micah
    BURBANK, CA, United States
    12/11/13
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    "Wonderfully succinct!"
    What about Matt Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    His voice didn't get in the way of the information, which is the most that can be asked considering the book is non-fiction. There were a few dramatic opportunities, and they were done well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great book for anyone interested in learning about writing in general, and screenwriting or writing for graphic novels in particular. I'm an professional storyboard and comic artist that has many "story ideas" but has always been far too aware of my own lack of understanding of writing to actually bring those ideas to fruition. After listening to Mcdonald break down what makes a successful story, I already feel more aware of how to construct a successful story. Highly recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thiago
    29/11/16
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    "great"

    accessible, easy, practical, insightful guide into dramatising craft. it won't go into the craft of scenes, beats, dialogues, but will focus on broader aspects of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JECO
    17/09/16
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    "I now know the real reasons I like or dislike stories"

    This is the Bible of storytelling! Anyone who loves books, movies or stories of any kind should read/listen to this book. Brian helps us discover the reason why some stories resonate and others do not. I was hooked from the first few minutes. Anyone who wants to write, edit or critique stories should be required to first read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. D.
    Canada
    03/09/16
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    "Bad Advice"
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    I've read many books on writing, enough to know that this audiobook is mostly filled with bad advice. I've read many books on writing and the single most useful for either books or scripts would be The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters because the author just basically went around asking a bunch of successful Hollywood writers questions about their craft and published the best answers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Penfist
    Seattle, WA
    27/07/16
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    "Excellent advice for storytellers"

    Short and sweet ideas geared to screenwriting but suitable for all storytellers. Helpful in regards to what connects and keeps an audience engaged. Listen more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. O. Neill
    Denver Colorado currently in Sweden
    03/01/16
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    "wow"

    I rarely find good books about writing. this one is amazing. I'm about to listen to it for the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melvin Todd
    16/12/15
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    "Best book to improve your stories"

    Brian's view on what makes a story special is not only practical but will be the only way you want to afterwards. Buy this now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    26/08/15
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    "Give me more!"

    Such a great and powerful book. I have listen to it a few times and I keep gaining more each time. I wish it were longer or go into more detail, although I fail to see what could be added. This has helped me shape and review movies and screenplays in a whole new way! Thank you for creating this book and providing profound wisdom to us in the world of few good stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaymeson Catsouphes
    02/07/15
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    "So helpful!"

    A few edit errors in the audio, but the book is great! Will listen again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EZRAswen
    01/04/15
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    "Listen on repeat"

    I listen to this as a printer before I start a new project. Keeps me grounded in structure and purposeful storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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