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Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!) [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Sokoloff
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Book Description

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 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, more and more 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!).

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.

"Sokoloff's advice is spot-on, and her teaching style is direct and effective. A must-have book for authors and screenwriters."
- JA Konrath, A Newbie's Guide To Publishing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JSJ9U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,112 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alex is the Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill award-nominated and Thriller award-winning author of the Thriller Award-nominated HUNTRESS MOON crime series (HUNTRESS MOON, BLOOD MOON, COLD MOON), the supernatural thrillers, THE HARROWING, THE PRICE, THE UNSEEN, BOOK OF SHADOWS, THE SHIFTERS, and THE SPACE BETWEEN, and the non-fiction workbooks SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS and WRITING LOVE, based on her internationally acclaimed workshops and blog.

As a screenwriter Alex has sold original suspense and thriller scripts and adapted novels for numerous Hollywood studios. She has served on the Board of Directors of the WGA, west (the screenwriters' union) and the Board of the Mystery Writers of America. She is a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where she majored in theater and minored in everything Berkeley has a reputation for. She now splits her time between Los Angeles and Scotland, where she lives with the Scottish noir author Craig Robertson. In her spare time (!) she performs with Heather Graham's all-author Slush Pile Players, and dances like a fiend. She is also very active on Facebook. But not an addict. No, seriously, it's under control.

http://alexandrasokoloff.com
http://www.screenwritingtricks.com
http://www.facebook.com/alexandra.sokoloff
@AlexSokoloff
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/552457.Alexandra_Sokoloff

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 5 July 2011
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I work as a pro author with several books under my belt, but I still buy books on the business and the process of writing, particularly if it keeps my brain ticking over. This is a solid, practical guide to applying screenwriting tricks to your writing that left me with a few new ideas that hadn't occurred to me before, along with a sense of what the writing life in Hollywood is like. As a way of streamlining the plotting process and getting to grips with the underlying mechanics of story structure, this is a good, solid intro that's well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value 8 May 2013
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I bought this previously for my kindle then bought it a second time for my iPad.

Having read many books on the craft of writing, I can say completely and honestly this is easily one of the best. It's been a while since I've read it due to losing my kindle but having downloaded it a second time I felt it deserved a decent review.

You WILL read this book multiple times, you WILL refer to it when you have writers block, you WILL consider it one of those few books (amongst the many you'll have bought on writing) that you cherish.

If you're about to start work on a novel, hang fire until you've read this. It's simple, articulate and incredibly practical. I must confess I've never seen or read any of this writers work previously but you'll find so many nuggets of wisdom in here you can't doubt her professionalism.

For the price, you've really no excuse not to pick it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a useful writing aid. 4 Feb. 2013
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I found this book entertaining and informative. As I have a book to edit I think I won't go too wrong using the many tips for authors and screenwriters.
The author, Alexandra Sokoloff, puts the theories to the test and works through many book and film scripts.
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