Invisible Ink

  • by Brian McDonald
  • Narrated by Matt Armstrong
  • 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Acclaimed by successful screenwriters and authors, Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling.
Brian McDonald, an award winning screenwriter who has taught his craft at several major studios, supplies writers with tools to make their work more effective and provides readers and audiences a deeper understanding of the storyteller's art.
When people think of a screenplay, they usually think about dialogue-the "visible ink" that is readily accessible to the listener, reader, or viewer. But a successful screenplay needs Invisible Ink as well, the craft below the surface of words. Invisible Ink lays out the essential elements of screenplay structure, using vivid examples from famous moments in popular movies as well as from one of his own popular scripts. You will learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, making your writing engage audiences, creating appealing characters, and much more.


What the Critics Say

“...If I manage to reach the summit of my next story it will be in no small part due to having read Invisible Ink.” (Andrew Stanton, cowriter Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and cowriter/director Finding Nemo and WALL-E)
“...Brian McDonald uses his deep understanding of story and character to pass on essential truths about dramatic writing. Ignore him at your peril.” (Jim Taylor, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Sideways and Election)
“... I recommend this fine handbook on craft to any writer, apprentice or professional, working in any genre or form.” (Dr. Charles Johnson, National Book Award-winning author of Middle Passage)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Wonderfully succinct!

What about Matt Armstrong’s performance did you like?

His voice didn't get in the way of the information, which is the most that can be asked considering the book is non-fiction. There were a few dramatic opportunities, and they were done well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Such a great book for anyone interested in learning about writing in general, and screenwriting or writing for graphic novels in particular. I'm an professional storyboard and comic artist that has many "story ideas" but has always been far too aware of my own lack of understanding of writing to actually bring those ideas to fruition. After listening to Mcdonald break down what makes a successful story, I already feel more aware of how to construct a successful story. Highly recommended!

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- micah

Bad Advice

Any additional comments?

I've read many books on writing, enough to know that this audiobook is mostly filled with bad advice. I've read many books on writing and the single most useful for either books or scripts would be The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters because the author just basically went around asking a bunch of successful Hollywood writers questions about their craft and published the best answers.

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- M. D.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Open Book Audio