Compiled from fifteen years teaching/script editing experience, this book tells you exactly what NOT to do if you are trying to break through in the lucrative field of sitcom writing. It is a hands-on practical guide to fixing your script problems and is highly recommended for beginner and professional writer alike.
This is a good beginners guide to sketch, stand up and other forms of comedy writing. It is ideal for the novice and contains all the basics you need.
This is a thorough guide to the structure and tropes of sitcom, and how to construct a workable script. It is best read before 'How NOT to write Sitcom'.
A mordant memoir on the pitfalls of being a working writer. This darkly funny EBook is packed with stories, information on agents and producers and what they do (or don't) do for you. An honest look at the life and mechanics of the writing game - a must for fans of 'Conversations with my Agent' or 'Adventures in the Screen Trade'
Screenwriters Wrongs is a compendium of 99 screenwriting mistakes, substandard grammar, ridiculous spelling and dire syntax by UK Undergraduates. Each chapter has an introductory essay on an aspect of screenwriting and each error is annotated for the purposes of public humiliation.
Tales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience is undeniable. Marc Blake and Sara Bailey offer a detailed analysis of the horror genre, including its subgenres, tropes and the specific requirements of the horror screenplay.
It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation.
"Hodder and Stoughton 1998. Ideal holiday reading." - Times
"A first rate read. Sharply observed, earthy and very funny. A real page-turner." - Mail
"A cracking novel. Polished one-liners. A frantically funny tale." - Daily Telegraph
"A funny and fast-moving thriller. Lovely observations and turns of phrase... a clever book, it made me laugh out loud. - Helen Lederer: Radio 4 Open Book
"A romp of a thriller." - Guardian
"Has great summer read written all over it." - Times
It's nearly Christmas Eve and Ash Jackson is depressed. His wife has left, he's lost his job and even the cat is snubbing him. He is further humiliated when, on encountering a burglar in his home, the man refuses to leave and instead sets out on a mission to save him.
177,000 people took shelter in the London Underground during the Blitz of 1940.
On the first day of the Blitz, twelve-year-old William Lumley, his Mother and little sister Aggie are bombed out. Fleeing to the safety of the tube platforms, they begin a subterranean existence. Will befriends kindly Station Marshal Mr. Sands, encounters a gang of Spivs and falls for his fickle cousin, Evie Wilde.
Here is a compendium of also-rans and never-made-its. We're talking Betamax, the Sinclair C5, puffball skirts, sporks, the Millennium Dome... and countless other products that never quite cut it.
Do you like drink? Maybe you're drinking now? Maybe you're reading this lying on a piss-stained pub carpet? Are you on the AA's most wanted list? If so The Little Book of Drinking is for you. It's a compemdimum-a compan-a condimen-a collection of two hundred of the best mouth-watering, vomit-inducing, eye-blistering gags ever written about drink, drinkers and drinking.
Websites, servers, downloading, upgrading...hang on. 90% of everything on the net is rubbish. For the real idiot's guide to the newest technological advance since Henry Ford created traffic, look no further than My Computer Hates Me. My Computer Hates Me is a compendium of jokes, irritating PC problems, observations and downright bile about the Net, Windows, Word, PCs, Computer geeks and language.
This is all about the people who think the world revolves around them. Includes celebritiy maxims, the A-Z of celebrity twattage, twat names, celebrity prat clothes, soundbites that we will never hear, the reality shows we'd actally like to see, 'You know you've had too much work done when...' and lots more.