The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction

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Overfall Presss
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5.0 X 7.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Erik Bork won two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work as a writer-producer on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and From the Earth to the Moon, for executive producer Tom Hanks (and Steven Spielberg, on Band of Brothers). Erik has sold original series pitches to the broadcast networks, worked on the writing staff of primetime drama series, and written feature screenplays for Universal, HBO, TNT, and Playtone. He teaches for UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, and National University's MFA Program in Professional Screenwriting. He has also been called one of the Top Ten Most Influential Screenwriting Bloggers for his website,, and offers consulting and coaching to writers at all levels. His book The Idea: The 7 Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction was released in September 2018. Twitter: @flyingwrestler

"Before starting any project, every film or TV writer, whether new or experienced, should read this book. When Erik sent it to me, I was just beginning a new script. This book showed me problems with the idea I didn't know I had. Better yet, it showed me how to find solutions."

--Graham Yost, writer/executive producer/showrunner, Justified, The Americans, Speed

"Don't write a word of your next screenplay or novel, and don't dive into any other books--including mine--until you've read Erik Bork's The Idea. His simple, essential insights will spare you the pain of spending months or years on your project, only to learn that your concept was doomed from the start. Instead, apply his 7 Elements and guarantee your story goes to the top of every reader's RECOMMEND list."

--Michael Hauge, author, Writing Screenplays That Sell; Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds;Storytelling Made Easy

"Having read over 60,000 screenplays in a twenty-year career, I've learned that most scripts are fatally flawedat the idea stage. Too bad the writer didn't figure it out before investing six months in a screenplay that will never work. This quick and fun book examines the dramatic principles that create a strong idea and is certain to save writers a lot of time and effort."

--Christopher Lockhart, story editor, William Morris Endeavor Agency