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There are three kinds of feelings when reading a story: boredom, interest, and wow! To become a successful writer, you must create the wow feeling on as many pages as possible, and this requires writing that engages the reader emotionally.

In his best-selling book, screenwriter Karl Iglesias explored the working habits of A-list Hollywood scribes. Now, he breaks new ground by focusing on the psychology of the reader.

Based on his acclaimed classes at UCLA Extension, Writing for Emotional Impact goes beyond the basics and argues that Hollywood is in the emotion-delivery business, selling emotional experiences packaged in movies and TV shows.

Karl not only encourages you to deliver emotional impact on as many pages as possible, he shows you how, offering you hundreds of dramatic techniques to take your writing to the professional level.

In this audiobook, you will learn:

  • Over 40 techniques to humanize a character for instant empathy
  • The seven essential storytelling emotions
  • Over 70 techniques to create them
  • Over 50 ways to craft powerful scenes, including the emotional palette
  • Over 30 techniques to shape your words and energize your narrative description
  • The most common dialogue flaws and fixes for each
  • Over 60 techniques to craft dynamic dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops off the page

Not only does Karl Iglesias "get" emotion, but he also shares insider secrets for moving the reader from tears to laughter and everywhere in between. 

Praise for the book:

"This is a must-have book for every screenwriter, director, and producer." (Rosa Graham, president of Find the Funny)

"Reading Writing for Emotional Impact will shake up your world. This is the book that tears through the clutter so that you can write from the heart." (Michael Lent, author of Breakfast with Sharks and co-producer of Hard Scrambled)

©2011 Karl Iglesias (P)2020 IFH Books

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Misleading as it isn't his actual book.

I was a little confused for the first few chapters. Not because they weren't informative - they were. This is a lecture. Although I have not yet listened to it all, I have found it useful so far. I still feel I've missed out on what I was actually paying for. Does this mean I have to purchase a tangible form. I must say I feel a little cheated.

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Priceless for screenwriters

Everythin promised in the title and a lot more. Great for beginners and mid range practiced writers

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  • 04-07-20

Best audiobook by far for writing screenplays

If I were stranded on a desert island with a typewriter and paper, this is the book I'd want to help me in my writing. This book is for screenwriting, but I found most of it applied to write novels as well. Now, this is the live seminar that inspired the book but it is remarkable. It goes deeper than the book does. So good. Iglesias takes the challenge of making you a better writer head-on. He starts out with that promise and delivers. His intent is to help you write scene by scene, paragraph by paragraph in such a way that no one could set your book down. He shows you how to ensure the reader cares about your characters and feels the character's emotions. He also points out how to make sure the reader has a takeaway that will make them talk about your story to other people. He shows how to build tension, write snappy dialog, and deliver emotional scenes. He does this by examining movies like case studies and does it in a way that really hooks you. There are other books that examine movie plots and dialog, but this book is an order of magnitude better than the rest. This is the most influential book on writing I can think of. I re-wrote my manuscript after reading this book. If you get mired down in chapter one, skip it, but this book is a must-read. For any writer out there, I RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK ABOVE ALL OTHERS on the subject of writing. Do I know the Author? No. Did I get the book for free? No. Is this an impartial review? Yes. This book will full on make you a better writer, and I look forward to a world filled with more intriguing, engrossing books!

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  • Rogue Cinema
  • 04-07-20

Best Screenwriting Audiobook on Audible!

Brilliant audiobook. Very thorough explanation of several technical aspects of screenwriting in a seminar format. The dialogue section is quite extensive and very eye-opening. Excellent and informative. A great technical guide to the craft. I would highly recommend this audiobook to screenwriters.

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