Writing the Romantic Comedy, 20th Anniversary Expanded and Updated Edition: The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen
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About the Author
BILLY MERNIT serves as a story analyst and script consultant at Universal Pictures, and is a Distinguished Instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Author of the novel Imagine Me and You (Random House) and co-author (with Claudia Nizza) of That's How Much I Love You (Tallfellow Press), he has also published twenty romance novels for Harlequin and Berkeley/Jove under a female nom de plume. During his many years in the entertainment industry, he has written for NBC's Santa Barbara, and composed songs recorded by Carly Simon, Judy Collins, and Morrissey.
"Moving well beyond generic pronouncements and 'rules', Billy Mernit's specific, well-tested exercises guide writers to create real, personal, credible characters and plots that speak to the romantic in all of us."--Linda Venis, Director, UCLA Extension Writers' Program
Mernit's screenwriting knowledge shines through this highly readable volume. This is no "formula" book but an essential guide to finding your own voice.--Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Insightful, thorough, and easy to use, this step-by-step guide expertly balances the craft and the art of writing the romantic comedy. Billy Mernit really knows his stuff, and after reading this book, you will too."--Stephen Mazur, co-writer of Liar, Liar and The Little Rascals