Todd Klick

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Klick in 2013
Todd Klick

Occupation(s)Writer, Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Known for
  • Author of Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know
  • Screenwriter of Followed (2019)

Todd Klick is an American author, screenwriter, director and producer based in Los Angeles. His book, Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know became a #1 bestseller on for Screenwriting and Writing Skills. [1] [2] It is also a bestseller for his publisher, Michael Wiese Publications. [3] Klick is also the author of the eBook The Screenwriter's Fairy: The Universal Story Within All Movie Stories (a very brief fable), which has also been #1 on Amazon for Screenwriting., [4] [5] and is a contributing author for the #1 bestselling Tarcher-Penguin book, Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Speculative Genre Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers. [6]


Klick leads seminars at screenwriting conferences and symposiums [7] [8] and is a contributor to The Huffington Post [9] and MovieMaker Magazine. [10]

Early life

Klick grew up in rural Pennsylvania, which he writes about in his Huffington Post article, Goodbye Ray Bradbury, My Friend. [11]

Something Startling Happens

Something Startling Happens: The 120 Story Beats Every Writer Needs To Know is a minute-by-minute analysis of successful movies and what their stories share in common each minute. It reached #1 on Amazon for Screenwriting and Writing Skills in December 2011 after its October 2011 release, and has been a consistent best-seller in that genre. [12]

The book was inspired by Blake Snyder's book on screenwriting, Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need. [13]

The Screenwriter's Fairy Tale

The nonfiction ebook The Screenwriter's Fairy Tale: The Universal Story Within All Movie Stories (a very brief fable) is a 13-page ebook fable that shows how archetypal story patterns work in each act of a screenplay. [14]





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