A Rookie Writing Mistake That Can Ruin A Screenplay by Jill Chamberlain

Film Courage: What is your favorite chapter in the book [Jill’s book THE NUTSHELL TECHNIQUE: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting]? One that you are especially proud of or a topic that just really gets you going?

Jill Chamberlain, Script Consultant/Author/Writer: One of my favorites is the ‘Flaw’ because I think the flaw is so important [Chapter 9 in the book— Flaw]. I think it’s the longest chapter in the book and I loved writing about it. It’s the one tool that I can give a new writer right off of the bat that will make a huge improvement. And a lot of writers don’t know anything about it. It really is the most fundamental important thing for story building to realize the importance of having…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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Jill Chamberlain’s book from University of Texas Press, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting, is now available on Amazon and in fine bookstores everywhere. Of the over 3,000 books on screenwriting on Amazon, The Nutshell Technique ranks #1 in user ratings. Since its publication in 2016, the book became an instant classic and the go-to manual many professionals swear by. The book is on the syllabus for courses at University of Houston, University of Notre Dame, and the world renowned screenwriting program at Columbia University. The technique comes from Jill’s years of consulting and coaching, and she continues to use this methodology to hone screenplays into truly compelling stories.


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