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Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II: Story Structure for Pantsers and Plotters by [Sokoloff, Alexandra]
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Love More Screenwriting Tricks for Authors 15 Jun. 2017
By Deb Gallardo - Published on Amazon.com
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Sokoloff knows writing from the inside out. Thorough. Insightful. Well worth the read. Great companion for her 'Screenwriting Tricks for Authors - Stealing Hollywood: Story Structure Secrets for Writing Your BEST Book.' I recommend both.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 25 July 2013
By Jules Morris - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm so happy I bought this book! What I found extremely helpful was a comprehensive list on which elements should go where in the three acts. She makes it clear that these are not firm rules, but they have worked for many to cause an emotional impact on readers. I found the chapter on creating suspense very useful as well.

Yes, this book analyses romance films, but it is full of amazing advice no matter what genre you write. There is ALOT of information in here. I will have to reread it a few times for everything to sink in, but as I read, I kept thanking Ms. Sokoloff for writing this book and it generated lots of ideas for my own book. I know I will be referring to it constantly.

I have read over a dozen writing books and am very pleased I bought Ms. Sokoloff's book. She gives some new advice and views I haven't come across yet. Trust me, buy the book.
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 Amazon.com
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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!
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 26 Mar. 2017
By tony - Published on Amazon.com
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great for anyone trying to write a love story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Reference 24 Oct. 2013
By Susan Hatfield - Published on Amazon.com
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I first purchased Writing Love to assist in plotting out a love story. Not only did Writing Love prove useful in outlining an effective and tight romance novel, it has been helpful in all of my other works (even those that do not fall in the romance genre).

There are many how-to books available to writers--I've read a great many of them over the years. But Alexandra Sokoloff's is my go-to book whenever I'm in the planning and plotting process. I highly recommend it!
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