The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen JaceyThe Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters by Helen Jacey

The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters

byHelen JaceyForeword byLinda Seger

Paperback | September 1, 2010

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Title:The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female CharactersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:225 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:Michael Wiese ProductionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932907793

ISBN - 13:9781932907797

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for anyone wanting to create memorable female lead characters! Helen Jacey’s “The Woman in the Story” is the Bible for anyone wanting to write screenplays aimed at female lead characters. From the first introduction of different forms of “femininity” to a clear understanding of “Juno”, the reader steadily walks through a journey of capturing the essence and importance of strong female lead characters. Being an up and coming screenwriter with the intent of writing female leads, I find this to be the one true book that clearly defines the importance of female roles and provides insight into the future of such parts. Notably over the years, lead roles for actresses in motion pictures have grown at an outstanding pace. To support these great actresses, exceptional scripts need to be the foundation. Helen Jacey’s book helps writers at any level embrace the craft with a true vision of what makes female leads such a desirable commodity. I personally found a revelation with the Questionnaire on Page 86, as a window to an idea of an upcoming project I’m working on. Another insight was when I read the words "If you can escape the script editor's sword cutting out all layers of union from your drama (due to an outdated belief that conflict and stakes must rule) then you might actually make your drama more compelling" (page 165). Clearly, this book is a must for any writer out there, whether it be a newcomer (such as myself) or a seasoned professional. Bravo to Helen Jacey!
Date published: 2011-03-09