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

Alexandra Sokoloff

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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


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 392 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 263 Seiten
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0032JSJ9U
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #181.127 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Alexandra Sokoloff, geboren und aufgewachsen im US-Bundesstaat Kalifornien, interessierte sich bereits als Kind für die Bühne. Als sie später an der Universität von Berkeley Theaterwissenschaften studierte, begann sie erste eigene Stücke zu schrieben, führte bei Shakespeare-Aufführungen Regie und inszenierte Musicals. Nach ihrem Studienabschluss zog sie nach Los Angeles und machte sich als Drehbuchautorin, hauptsächlich von Gruselfilmen, für etliche Hollywood Produktionen einen Namen. Nebenbei gibt sei Tanzunterricht und leitet Drehbuch-Schreibkurse.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Save your money--Buy this book! 8. November 2010
Von H. L. ARLEDGE - Veröffentlicht auf
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I think it was Blake Snyder in his book, Save the Cat, that said writers will do anything to keep from working--from writing--the single activity they love most in the world. He was right, of course, and one of the things writers do to procrastinate is buy books on writing. This is the perfect outlet, as the primary reason we don't want to write is because the editor in our heads keeps telling us we're just not good enough.

Me, yes, I'm a writer, and as such, I am a procrastinator and collector of fine books on writing. Honestly, there is no book on the subject, in print or out, that I do not own.

And just as Blake Snyder said his book was the last book on screen writing anyone would ever need, Sokoloff's Screen-writing Tricks for Authors is the last book on novel writing you'll ever need. She has condensed the best of the best--at least the most relevant to today's audience--into a no-word-wasted just-the-facts-maam book that no serious writer should be without.

If you buy another book on writing without reading this one first, you'll be wasting money.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommended without reservation 20. Juni 2010
Von Vicki Pettersson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've been following Alexandra Sokoloff's advice for years now, hunting down informative gems in blog entries and online posts every time a structural problem arose in one of my WIPs. To say I'm thrilled that she finally compiled (and augmented) that advice in one place is an understatement. 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.

As a side note, I generally don't like books with exercises. Everything I write is for use, not play, yet I felt no resistance in performing Sokoloff's suggested exercises because they're relevant and applicable to the story structure of everything I write - shorts, novellas, and full-length fiction. There are no shortcuts to craft, but this book can help authors avoid the structural pitfalls that might otherwise keep a story from being finished, or from selling. Recommended without reservation.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An oustanding approach to writing 3. Januar 2010
Von Sarah Shaber - Veröffentlicht auf
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Sokoloff's book is a valuable addition to any writer's library, whether published or unpublished. Ms. Sokoloff draws upon her years of experience as a successful screenwriter to explain how to structure a novel. Complete with useful exercises. Highly recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely worthwhile 31. Juli 2011
Von Kay Hudson - Veröffentlicht auf
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Sokoloff covers Story Structure (three acts, eight sequences), Story Breakdowns, and The Business. Her workbook approach is based on developing your own Writer's Notebook, with lists of favorite movies/openings/endings, etc., and why they work for you. I'm not very good at that sort of thing, not patient enough, perhaps, but her suggestions are sound.

As the title suggests, much of the book is based on the analysis of various movies, used to illustrate all aspects of story structure. Most of the examples I have seen, and her descriptions are make even unfamiliar films useful. One of her favorite examples is Chinatown, which I haven't seen in a very long time--I was inspired to track down a copy at Half-Price Books. She includes a sort of viewer's guide for the movies she analyzes in detail, giving the timing for important points.

When I looked up the book for this review, I discovered that Sokoloff has issued a second collection: Writing Love, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II, with the emphasis on romance. I write romance, soI downloaded it immediately. I suspect it covers much the same territory with different examples, but for $2.99, how far wrong can you go?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Total Game Changer 16. Oktober 2013
Von Elise - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've never heard of Alexandra Sokoloff, but I'm just starting Chapter 6 (11% into the book on Kindle) and she has already completely altered my view on how to write a novel. I have at least 5 books that I've started, yet haven't gotten past page 30 before getting stuck and giving up. I've read tons of articles on outlining, but Chapter 5: The Index Card Method has completely altered my view on how it needs to be done and the benefit it will have when writing and completing a novel. I cannot believe this book on the Kindle is only $2.99. If you're a complete amateur like me but know you have a story inside of you the world needs to read, buy this book. I promise you won't regret it.
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