A Screenwriter's Companion
Instruction, Opinion, Encouragement
by Joseph Dougherty
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2022
Independent Publishers Group, Fayetteville Mafia Press
Joseph Dougherty has been a successful playwright and television writer, producer, and director for more than thirty years. He’s written for breakthrough series that have changed the way we look at television drama, from thirtysomething to Pretty Little Liars, winning everything from Emmys to Teen Choice Awards along the way. Dougherty’s voice comes off the page with anecdotes about the writing process, hard-learned tips for survival in “the business,” and reflections on the influences that have led him to a successful career.
Honestly, entertainingly, without cynicism, he gives readers permission to embrace the writer they want to be, so they can experience the rewards and satisfactions of writing. Beyond an insider’s take on story and structure, dialogue, action and outlining, A Screenwriter’s Companion is as much mentor as it is manual. With every insider observation about how to keep a potential producer reading till the last page of a script, there’s encouragement to explore your thoughts and memories, things a writer needs to embrace in order to become more than “a pro.”
David Clennon, Miles Drentell in thirtysomething: "When actors sit down to read a script, they hope to find three things: plotting that is believable but unpredictable, characters who are real and compelling, and dialogue that tastes both natural and unexpectedly delicious. To this day, I remember finding those things whenever I opened a script with the name Joseph Dougherty on the cover page."
I. Marlene King, executive producer and showrunner of Pretty Little Liars: "Much like Stephen King’s On Writing, A Screenwriter’s Companion is a book I will reread often as I look for inspiration before starting a new project. Written for both aspiring and working writers, Dougherty offers encouragement and keen insight and is somehow both magical and practical at the same time. This is for anyone who has a story to tell.”