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Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing (Writer's Toolbox Series) Paperback – October 2, 2014
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Here's the main takeaway for writers: approach your writing like a cinematographer. Plan every scene in your book and choose a camera angle (perspective) to tell your story from.
The author explains a number of different camera shots directors use, then goes on to explain how and when to use them. She also provides numerous examples of the the camera angles as used in books and movies.
The final chapters help tie everything altogether, showing how to use the different camera angles in your writing.
If you want to bring your books to life - buy this book. Highlight it. read it often. Practice telling your story using different camera angles.
Well worth the investment.
After learning the concepts of creating action packed scenes using many different angles, Lakin shows how to edit and piece each scene in the best order to create a great compelling visual novel. Writers will learn how to visually see what they are writing, creating scenes showing the action in their novels as cinematographer.
In "Shoot Your Novel" Lakin describes in detail how the craft of writing has changed using new tools and techniques. Writers need to be willing to write with methods that fit the demands of readers who want be able to see the story come alive and experience the action. Lakin's book addresses how to write to fit the times of century. This book is a must read for all writers and should be sitting next to their computers for easy reference. This is a great addition to your library of how to write and earns a 5 star ranking
But redemption is nigh. Once Lakin gets into comparing scripts to novels, the points start adding up. I was about to give it one star after the first couple scripts, because, come on, we KNOW that, 1. The Omniscient view is routine in movies and regularly rejected in novels and 2. Yeah, we get that we should show, not just tell, but camera angles? Also, the book's promoters make a big deal out of the fact that us "old fashioned" authors don't really get all the cool stuff movie directors do, and it would do us well to see how our young readers will react to the more modern TV scene approach they are now expecting. The funny thing, though, is that the author uses a lot of detailed descriptions to try to describe inner cameras and other POVs when, in fact, that terminology has now been updated via video game programming camera angles and terminology. Ironic that we're ancient by not getting in medias res with the hot new movie tech, and yet the book also is dated via game programming tech!
Anyway, the book becomes awesome once Lakin gets into actual novel rather than script examples, and in fact really shines when she compares both. I converted novels to scripts for a living for a long time, but converting scripts to novels is a pretty cool and unique take on the subject, as it rarely swings that way. By the end of the book, I was really enjoying the insights more than a lot of the other "show don't tell" volumes out there, but I also was a TV producer so I was getting her point visually pretty clearly, although reading the scripts were a drag!
I saved money by getting this little gem on Kindle, and it worked fine there unlike a lot of other digital renditions of print that slaughter exhibits and other material. I also liked that Lakin shares a lot of her favorites, and also gives both novel and script versions of some selections that were both great movies and page turning novels (it ain't always that way!) like Jurassic Park. Good addition to your library, I'd pick it over a lot of the show don't tell tomes out there personally. BUT, give it time to build, don't get frustrated at the initial material, it'll pay off your persistence.
Lately, I have been thinking about writing novels based upon screenplays. If fact, I have studied John Truby's famous book about writing screenplays, and I would suggest you do the same. Imagine my surprise when I find this book by C. S. Lakin! Even if you read Truby, C. S. Lakin is the necessary companion to Truby. Get both. You'll be glad you did.