chapter  26
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Personal Scriptwriting: The Edge

William Goldman, in his amusing book about screenwriting, Adventures in the Screen Trade, advises that new screenwriters realize that an excellent screenplay is a well-structured screenplay, but no one knows what constitutes a successful screenplay.1 An entire world of difference exists between these two desirable adjectives-excellent and successful. Many elements beyond your control determine whether your screenplay is excellent and successful. Agents, producers, directors, and, above all, actors, influence the outcome of your screenplay.