This is a comprehensive, jargon-free guide for all budding screenwriters. Its aim is not just to guide you through the techniques and skills you need to write for the screen (film and television), but also to give you guidance on how to approach the industry as a whole. Focusing on every aspect of screenwriting, from how to set about the writing process to how to develop your characters, plot and structure, this book will give you all the guidance you need to break into this highly competitive industry and make a career for yourself as a screenwriter. One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. A Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of screenwriting. Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.