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Forensic Speak

Jennifer Dornbush

Michael Wiese Productions

12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111

Studio City, CA 91604

9781615931316, $29.95, www.mwp.com

Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas comes from the author's real-life experiences growing up around death investigation, and covers the forensic science key to writing a crime drama for film or television audiences. Chapters pack in some 100 film and TV examples and provide keys to understanding the underlying forensics that make crime dramas more believable, offering screen writers a host of approaches that can be incorporated into writing. Writers must know the latest information on death investigation that will lend credibility to their crime drama, and Forensic Speak covers all the possibilities and basics, both for locating present-day resources and for adopting research patterns useful to future changes in crime investigation techniques. Any crime writer must consult this reference to create successful, believable dramas.

The Writer's Journey, third edition

Christopher Vogler

Michael Wiese Productions

12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111

Studio City, CA 91604

9781932907360, $26.95, www.mwp.com

THE WRITER'S JOURNEY: MYTHIC STRUCTURE FOR WRITERS appears in its third updated edition to provide writers and screenwriters with an analysis of the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling. Step-by-step instructions on how to create plot and characters are based on the work of Joseph Campbell and this edition provides new observations from Vogler's ongoing research into mythology's influence on stories and movies. New material for this edition includes a revised chapter analyzing six feature films, new diagrams that better pinpoint mythic principles underlying writing and screenwriting efforts, and a new final chapter linking self-discovery with writing. The result is a fine survey highly recommended for screenwriters or general creative writers alike.

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Title Annotation:'Forensic Speak: How to Write Realistic Crime Dramas' and 'The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers'
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Article Type:Book review
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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