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Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II [Kindle Edition]

Alexandra Sokoloff
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Book Description

A revised and expanded second volume of award-winning author and screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff's Screenwriting Tricks For Authors workbook, with a special emphasis on writing love stories.

Contains all the general story structure lessons of STFA I and much more, but with special attention to key story elements, techniques, and examples from romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and romantic adventure, including ten full story breakdowns.

Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form that carries enormous emotional power, 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.

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, setpieces, and image systems - to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, suspense, and pacing, no matter what genre you're writing in.

"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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  • Print Length: 440 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DB81F2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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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.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I am not a writer--aspiring or otherwise. I was interested in this book because I thought it would allow me to switch from a reader's perspective to an author's. I have thus not followed the author's practical instructions.

Having said that, I think that reading the book closely and doing all the "exercises" might help an inexperienced writer of genre fiction quite a bit. The author explains in detail how to structure (popular) novels/movies, and also gives lots of examples.
I cannot imagine, however, that the book would be very helpful to anyone trying to write something I would afterwards call "literature". Literature is, I would argue, not created by following recipes.
Personally, I was also rather irritated with the author's repetitiveness. I am usually able to grasp concepts, especially rather simplistic ones, the first time they are explained; I do not need constant formulaic reminders. It seemed to me like some of the repetitions might have stemmed from the author's rewriting/rearranging the book between the first and second editions; these should have been pointed out by her editor.

All in all: possibly useful for aspiring writers of popular fiction, but probably not for anyone else.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rehash if her first book 4 Aug. 2013
By Jane Pinckard - Published on
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Wow, was I ever disappointed. I read and really enjoyed the first in the series, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors. It was really useful. Since I'm working on a project that has a strong romantic element, I decided to try part two. She should have called it part 1.5. 90% of it is a word-for-word retread of the first book. She goes in and adds a couple of references to romance, but that's basically it. She could have condensed the new material into an appendix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to buy this book!!! 27 Oct. 2011
By Leslie Bird Nuccio - Published on
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I purchased this book because after taking Alexandra's online class, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (amazing class BTW), I wondered, how could she expand on the rich nuggets of information already presented? Well I should have known better than to wonder. Ms. Sokoloff's description of this book does not do it justice, not by a long shot. To say it's a revised and expanded version of her excellent book, "Screenwriting Tricks for Authors", is selling this volume short.

Now I've read a ton, and I mean a ton (my husband will vouch for me) of fiction writing books and there are some amazing books out there but this book, not only gives you in-depth descriptions of book and movie structure, it also gives you bullet-point lists you can follow from the opening image to the end of your story. In addition, Sokoloff covers different types of stories (i.e Fairy Tale, Love Story, Meta Structure), breaking each down completely. And she has tons of examples, she talks about high concept, voice, rule of 3, etc.

I could go on for a long time but it boils down to this. This book has sooo much helpful information for writers, I recommend you run, don't walk to buy this book for yourself. At only only $2.99 USD, this book, ladies and gentlemen, is a BARGAIN.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book 22 Jun. 2012
By Becky Clark - Published on
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This is a really useful craft book. I don't have any intention of writing screenplays, but I bought it for help with organizing and plotting my novels. I refer to it over and over and have learned many helpful tricks, so thanks Ms Sokoloff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A reference, not just for romance writers 26 Jan. 2012
By Sandi Wallace - Published on
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I need this book on hand in the event of writers block! Ok, maybe it could be of use for each book I write, but for me that would seem like a lot of work almost forcing the book out instead of letting it flow at its own pace. Think snow ball rolling down hill, repetition, repetition, stop to pack on more snow, then repetition, repetition, etc. About half way through the book I was looking to see how much longer it was! But the repetition made for some skipping and skimming knowing that when/if the need be I could come back and find the `way'. It also makes each section complete unto itself. I understand that repetition is a good way to learn but it is a pet peeve of mine, I suppose, rather than a fault of the author or book. I'm not prudish; I don't mind a few light naughty words in a non-fiction book but they are not needed, especially the f word. However, I suppose that, along with the author's choice of stories, tells us something about her and that she is comfortable with herself and her readers. I agree with her that often an author leaves the reader in the dark about visual references; I often am left wondering where a story is taking place and what era is being depicted. I'm glad so many story breakdowns were included in this book as I would not like to cannibalize my favorites like that. This is an excellent reference overall, especially for writing screenplays, but applicable to other types of writing as well. It is almost as though "Writing Love" doesn't say enough about this book, as though the title should be more encompassing somehow. Very thorough. Many references are included: how to find an agent, book references, and helpful web sites. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review.
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful I wish this was available as a hard copy book! 8 Jan. 2015
By Word Gal - Published on
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This book is the first one that's ever made the structure of plot really clear for me. Linking the elements to movies I've seen over and over again (especially the detailed recounting of "You've Got Mail," which is my all-time favorite movie) is what turned the light bulb on for me. I wish this book was available in hard copy, because I would use it again and again as a reference. Much as I like straight reading on a Kindle, it's a pain to try to find things that way. I like reference books that I can flip through, write notes in the margins, and highlight. Please consider printing this in the future, Ms. Sokoloff!
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