Learn how to write your own romance novels or scripts by watching and learning from the romantic movies you love!
From award-winning author and screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff: the second in her acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors series, with a special emphasis on writing love stories.
Whether you're a published author or a brand-new one, this extremely practical and encouraging workbook will take you step by step through the key story elements and techniques of crafting a romance, with examples from romantic comedy, romantic suspense, and romantic adventure, including ten full story breakdowns of popular romantic movies.
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 the filmmakers YOU love.
"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