Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!)

Screenwriting Tricks For Authors and Screenwriters Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started Or are you a published author but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next lev

  • Title: Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!)
  • Author: Alexandra Sokoloff
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  • Page: 278
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  • Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started Or are you a published author but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing You can jump start your plot and bAre you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started Or are you a published author but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form and the techniques of screenwriting are easily adaptable to novel writing You can jump start your plot and bring your characters and scenes vibrantly alive on the page by watching your favorite movies and learning from the storytelling tricks of great filmmakers.With this workbook, based on award winning author screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workshops, you ll learn how to use techniques of film writing such as the High Concept Premise the Three Act, Eight Sequence Structure the Storyboard Grid the Index Card Method of Plotting as well as tricks of film pacing and suspense, character arc and drive, visual storytelling, and building image systems to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, unbearable suspense and riveting pacing, no matter what genre you re writing in.You ll create your own personalized workbook of genre tricks based on your favorite books and movies and tailored to your own brand of storytelling, and a collage book to build visual image systems And the emphasis on premise is invaluable for crafting that all important query and pitch.In this rapidly changing world of publishing, and agents and editors are looking for novels that have the pacing, emotional excitement, and big, unique, high concept premises of Hollywood movies and the potential for that movie or TV sale And if you re indie publishing, it s even important to craft and polish your book to stand out from the crowd.Whether you re just starting to develop a book or script, or rewriting for maximum impact, this workbook will guide you through an easy, effective and fun process to help you make your book or script the best it can be.Includes detailed film breakdowns and analysis as well as chapters and resources on how to get a literary agent, writing a query letter, professional networking, and screenwriting contests.For sample chapters please visit screenwritingtricksTABLE OF CONTENTSIntroductionPART ONE STORY STRUCTURE1 The Master List2 What s Your Premise 3 What is High Concept 4 The Three Act, Eight Sequence Structure5 The Index Card Method and Story Elements Checklist6 Elements of Act I7 Hero ine, Protagonist, Main Character8 Protagonist Case Study Jake Gittes9 What Makes a Great Villain 10 Villains, Part 2 The Forces of Antagonism11 Elements of Act Two12 Elements of Act Two, Part 213 Elements of Act Three14 What Makes a Great Climax 15 Visual Storytelling16 Creating Suspense17 Plants and Payoffs18 The Big Twist19 Character Introductions20 Fairy Tale Structure21 Meta Structure22 Your First Draft is Always Going to Suck23 Top Ten Things I Know About Editing24 Life is a Pitch MeetingPART TWO STORY BREAKDOWNS25 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer s Stone26 Romancing the Stone27 Chinatown28 The Mist29 Act Climaxes and Turning PointsPART THREE THE BUSINESS30 How Do I Get a Literary Agent 31 Internet Resources for Writers32 So You Want to Know About Screenwriting33 Recommended ReadingFigure 1 Story Grid

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    About "Alexandra Sokoloff"

    1. Alexandra Sokoloff

      I m the Thriller Award winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award nominated author of the bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the new Thriller Award nominated Huntress FBI thriller series Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon Bitter Moon, Hunger Moon The New York Times Book Review has called me a daughter of Mary Shelley and my novels some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre I m a California native and a graduate of U.C Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I ve made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling original thriller scripts to various Hollywood studios.In my stories I like to cross the possibility of the supernatural with very real life explanations for any strangeness going on, and base the action squarely in fact THE UNSEEN is based on real paranormal research conducted at the Duke University parapsychology lab, and BOOK OF SHADOWS teams a Boston homicide detective and a practicing Salem witch in a race to solve what may be a Satanic killing THE SPACE BETWEEN, is an edgy supernatural YA about a troubled high school girl who is having dreams of a terrible massacre at her school, and becomes convinced that she can prevent the shooting if she can unravel the dream.I also have written paranormal romance THE SHIFTERS, KEEPER OF THE SHADOWS and the non fiction workbooks SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on my internationally acclaimed workshops and blog screenwritingtricks I live in Los Angeles and in Scotland, with Scottish crime author Craig Robertson.When I m not writing I dance jazz, ballet, salsa, Lindy, swing I do it all, every chance I get alexandrasokoloff

    219 thoughts on “Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!)”

    1. This book is a must read for authors. It fills in the gaps left by other structural books like THE WRITER'S JOURNEY. She references common movies, making a visual explanation of simple effects. After reading this one, I could put my finger on exactly which mistakes writers and movie directors make that make what should be a good movie/book into a meh. I've heard many of these principles and ideas from other sources, but never as clearly defined and described as this book.



    2. While Alex Sokoloff's Screenwriting Tricks For Authors is amazing for identifying the structural elements of a story (and identifying holes in the plot before I write my way into a corner!), I found the exercises on theme and premise wonderful for strengthening these aspects of my stories. I highly recommend both the workbook – and take one of Alex’s classes if you have the opportunity – she’s a fabulous teacher in person as well as on the page.


    3. Highly recommended for all kinds of writers. Lots of advice about story structure and story tricks, and breakdowns of many movies and books with examples of how to make story work. Possibly one of the most useful books I've read on story structure.


    4. I listened to it, but now I've got to go back and read it with a notebook. Really fantastic stuff. I may never watch a movie the same way again.


    5. Very useful. Some new approaches and fresh thinking. Completed my first read through. Now it becomes a workbook to help with my next writing project.


    6. Excellent. Easy to read informative entertainingIf you want to write novels or screenplays this is definitely a book to invest in. There is so much information. It is a long book but well worth the time. I would highly recommend this book


    7. This book isn't going to make it easier to write a story--that's all on you still. But it sure helped me figure out where all my story bits go and helped me to fully understand why it's there. Alexandra melds the process of novel writing with movie script writing in such an awesome way you may forget which one you're actually writing sometimes (maybe it's both!). This really took the mystery out of writing a Story for me, and left me with a map to finishing a novel that will give my readers the [...]


    8. Good how-to-write fiction book from a screen writer. Script writing is by far the most challenging form of story telling, and using the devices and tips from that medium and applying them to novel writing brings merit.It's a basic, but juicy all-in-one solution, especially useful for peeps who have no clue about storytelling.Lots of movie examples, and in-depth explanations about characters, plotting and scene creation. Some of these examples work better if you have actually seen the movies, but [...]


    9. Sokoloff's book is a both informative and entertaining read that will help aspiring writers figure out the structure of their stories. The weakness with the book is that pretty much all the exercises are coming up with lists of 10 movies. The book could also have had a copy editor as there are a lot of punctuation errors (particularly parentheses that open and never close, and other errors that would have been caught in the third draft. Still highly recommended.


    10. Another of Alex's fantastic how-to guides on novel-writing. Alex is a master of story structure. This book can be considered a practice adaptation of Christopher Vogler's The Writer's Journey [in other words, a practical guide to Vogler's Practical Guide] empowered me to plot a novel trilogy work in progress. Both this and its companion Writing Love are textbooks for her fabulous summer workshop at West Texas A&M. Buy both if you're serious about learning story structure.


    11. Fantastic!I've had this book on my Kindle for quite awhile and refer back to it regularly. Tonight, I just reread the chapter on screenwriting because I have a few movie ideas niggling away at me. If you're looking for an easy-to-read book on story structure from an author who has been there and done that — you've found it.


    12. If you're serious about your writing then you really can't go far wrong with this book. A detailed a helpful guide to the structure of stories with helpful examples in the film industry, everything will all click into place.


    13. Alexandra Sokoloff has written an excellent book on the elements needed to propel your writing up a notch. I recommend this book to anyone wishing to make sure his/her work is the best it can be.


    14. Outstanding!Incredible learning tool for any storyteller's toolbox. Easily read, to the point, and wastes no time giving you the information you need to create the best story you can. A must read for storytellers!


    15. Too long of a book with so little meatI mean, the concepts are there, but this is like trying to cram an entire seminar into a novel with examples but no real explaining. This may do well for some, but for me, I pass.


    16. I have read a few books on the craft of writing. By far, this is the best I've read. Alexandra really knows how to explain the scenes of a story, how to develop the characters, and how to keep the reader wanting to continue reading. A must-read for any writer.




    17. this book has helped me visualize my novel in progress in structure and scene writing and will no doubt help in future writing ins as well.


    18. Excellent suggestions and easy to follow. Works well hand-in-hand with Save the Cat and other screenwriting books. Lots of great examples although she tends to lean toward horror flicks.



    19. Adding my voice to the chorus of "LOVE THIS BOOK!" This book has made a huge impact in how I structure my stories. It really helps me nail the pacing. I look at movies AND novels differently now.


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