Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II: Story Structure for Pantsers and Plotters
July 18, 2011
Available in: e-Book
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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I’m the Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of the Amazon bestselling crime and supernatural thrillers The Harrowing,The Price, Book of Shadows, The Unseen, The Space Between, and the Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI thriller series: Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Bitter Moon, and Hunger Moon. The New York Times Book Review has called me “a daughter of Mary Shelley” and my novels “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” I’m a California native and a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, where I majored in theater and minored in everything that Berkeley has a reputation for. After college I moved to Los Angeles, where I’ve made an interesting living doing novel adaptations and selling original thriller scripts to various Hollywood studios. In my stories I like to cross the possibility of the supernatural with very real life explanations for any strangeness going on, and base the action squarely in fact. The Unseen is based on real paranormal research conducted at the Duke University parapsychology lab, and Book of Shadows teams a Boston homicide detective and a practicing Salem witch in a race to solve what may be a Satanic killing. The Space Between, is an edgy supernatural YA about a troubled high school girl who is having dreams of a terrible massacre at her school, and becomes convinced that she can prevent the shooting if she can unravel the dream. I also have written paranormal romance (The Shifters,Keeper of the Shadows) and the non-fiction workbooks Screenwriting Tricks for Authors and Writing Love, based on my internationally acclaimed workshops and blog. I live in Los Angeles and in Scotland, with Scottish crime author Craig Robertson. When I’m not writing I dance: jazz, ballet, salsa, Lindy, swing — I do it all, every chance I get.