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:
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, bestselling author of A Newbie's Guide To Publishing
"Believe it or not, story-telling is an art as well as a craft, and Alex Sokoloff's Story Structure is the owner's manual that belongs in every writer's toolkit. Alex dissects the elements of story-telling with clarity, wit and wisdom. Don't thank me—buy the damn book!"
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Ladies' Night and Summer Rental
"I'd already written fifteen novels by the time I met Alex and discovered her unique approach to structuring fiction. She changed my entire writing process for the better. I couldn't live without my three-act storyboard! Alex is a gifted and generous teacher and author, and Story Structure is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike."
—International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain
"Whether you're an old pro or an apprehensive beginner, Alex Sokoloff offers a sensible nuts-and-bolts approach that puts you in control of your material."
—Margaret Maron, Edgar®, Agatha, Anthony & Macavity Award-winning author of the Deborah Knott mysteries
"Sokoloff is a generous mentor with the gifted ability to address a storyteller's practical concerns while encouraging artistic integrity and every author's unique voice. Only three of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwitting guidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, all my future work—and my reading audience—will benefit from her advice. Recommended without reservation."
—Vicki Pettersson, bestselling author of the Sign of the Zodiac series
"If there's one person that can help you wade through the chaos of your pages and find the most compelling way to tell your story, it's Alex. No matter who you are (novice writer, veteran) or where you are (first draft, final revisions, nothing-but-a-vague-idea) her workshop will send you racing back to your manuscript with clarity, inspiration and the 'aha!' of the big picture."
—Harley Jane Kozak, actress and Macavity, Anthony and Agatha Award-winning novelist
"I loved this book! Alexandra Sokoloff breaks down the screenwriting process in easy-to-understand steps with examples from current movies and the BEST practical examples. Her unique and always lots of fun lessons are empowering for first-time writers as well as those with finished screenplays looking to take their project to the next level. Indispensable."
—George LaVoo, co-writer Real Women Have Curves, writer/director A Dog Year