Have you ever dreamed of writing for the Hallmark Channel?
If the answer is a resounding “yes!” then It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hallmark! Writing a Made-for-TV Christmas Movie: The Unofficial Guide by Heather Hughes and Kate Wharton is a must-read.
Whether you’re an accomplished writer or a romance connoisseur who’d like to try your hand at crafting a script, this book gives you everything you need to to make it from outline to sale in the world of made-for-TV Christmas movies. I’ve read lots of screenwriting books, and these authors have done a fantastic job of conveying everything you need to know to write for this particular market, in a way that’s fun and not at all intimidating.
This book is lighthearted and easy to read, with a well thought out format that will lead you through each step of the process. Whether you already have a plot in mind, or you just like the idea of writing a Christmas movie, Heather and Kate will guide you with their step-by-step format.
My personal favorite part of the book is the way they break down the sections of the movie into beats, giving examples that make it easy to follow. This sure-fire writing formula will keep your story moving at the right pace with perfectly timed plot twists, no sag in the middle, and—perhaps most importantly—a satisfying ending.
Of course, it’s not enough to write an exceptional script. If you want it to see the light of day as a film, you’ll need to know what steps to take to try to sell it. This book gives you a realistic plan to set yourself up for success in this competitive market. This is priceless insider information that most screenwriting books and courses stop short of providing. This book is worth the price for these chapters alone!
On a personal note, Heather Hughes was my first screenwriting teacher who, I’m happy to say, has become a dear friend. She and her writing partner, Kate Wharton, have written several screenplays together and are both excellent teachers on the subject.
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