As an in-demand script consultant who also serves as an instructor for writers (www.onthepage.tv), Pilar Alessandra is definitely a writer’s advocate. She’s also written a new book, The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time that’s a very helpful tool for the screenwriter as the tips and exercises offered can be accomplished in short bursts of time, whether it’s the first or the eighth draft of a screenplay or originaly television pilot or spec.
Pilar Alessandra’s The Coffee Break Screenwriter Helps You Write That Screenplay in 10 minute increments
“I wrote the book for the writer who doesn’t yet know she is a writer; the one who has a story crawling around in her brain but thinks that she’s too busy or too much of a Hollywood outsider to write a screenplay. I’ve worked with people from all over and I’ve seen how much they can get done when they’re given ten-minutes of focused writing time and some accessible writing tools to help them get started,” said Alesandra.
“It’s also for the seasoned writer who needs to streamline his writing process: the one who tears his hair out with long outlines, then labors over every word. There’s a quicker, more efficient way to write that departs from some of the old-school ways of thinking about story and structure. Once the writer is freed from that, he can play, experimenting with new choices for his story and characters.
I also know that everyone is busy theses days. It’s hard to find focused writing time. That’s why I’ve broken the book down into ten minute chunks. Nail a sequence in your outline. Move on. Nail a scene. Move on. Nail a great character moment. Move on. Finish quickly. Rewrite where you need it. Polish it on your free time. Kick it out the door.” Pilar Alessandra