--Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author
"Alex's unique approach to structuring fiction changed my entire writing process for the better. STEALING HOLLYWOOD is a must-have book for new and seasoned writers alike."
--International bestselling author Diane Chamberlain
"A must-have book for authors and screenwriters."
--JA Konrath, bestselling author of A Newbie's Guide To Publishing
From the Author
PART ONE: STORY STRUCTURE
1. The Master List
2. What's Your Premise?
3. First, You Need An Idea
4. What KIND of Story is It?
5. The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
6. The Index Card Method and Structure Grid
7. Elements of Act One
8. Hero/ine, Protagonist, Main Character
9. Protagonist Case Study: Jake Gittes
10. What Makes A Great Villain?
11. Villains, Part 2: The Forces of Antagonism
12. Act Two: What's the PLAN?
13. Elements of Act Two, Part 1
14. Elements of Act Two, Part 2
15. Elements of Act Three
16. What Makes A Great Climax?
17. Story Elements Checklist
18. Narrative Structure Beat Sheet
19. Act Climaxes Breakdowns and Examples
20. A Process for Writing
21. Story Elements: Questions and Prompts
PART TWO: MORE SCREENWRITING TRICKS
22. Visual Storytelling
23. Visual and Thematic Image Systems
24. Expanding on Key Story Elements
25. Lessons from Musical Theater
26. Love Story Elements
27. Story Elements: Other Genres
28. Fairy Tale Structure
29. Meta Structure
30. What is "High Concept"?
32. First Chapters
33. Creating Suspense
34. Plants and Payoffs
35. The Big Twist
36. Act and Sequence Bridges
37. The Rule of Three
38. Character Introductions
39. Using Character Clusters
40. Your First Draft is Always Going to Suck
41. Top Ten Things I Know About Editing
PART THREE: STORY BREAKDOWNS
42. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
43. Romancing the Stone
45. Groundhog Day
46. The Matrix
47. Sense and Sensibility
48. Sea of Love
49. The Mist
50. The Wizard of Oz
51. Four Weddings and a Funeral
PART FOUR: THE BUSINESS
51. How Do I Get A Literary Agent?
52. What about Indie Publishing?
53. So You Want to Know About Screenwriting
54. Life is a Pitch Meeting
55. Recommended Reading
56. Professional Author Organizations