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Story Structure Basics: How to write better books by learning from the movies (Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (and Screenwriters!) Book 1) by [Sokoloff, Alexandra]
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"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

"Sokoloff is a generous mentor with thegifted ability to address a storyteller's practical concerns whileencouraging artistic integrity and every author's unique voice.  Onlythree of my half dozen novels have been written with her unwittingguidance, but I can guarantee that with this book at my fingertips, allmy 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


"I loved this book! AlexandraSokoloff breaks down the screenwriting process in easy-to-understandsteps 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 taketheir project to the next level. Indispensable."
--- George LaVoo, co-writer Real Women Have Curves, writer/director A Dog Year

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

PART ONE: STORY STRUCTURE

1. The Master List
2. What's Your Premise?
3. What is "High Concept"?
4. The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
5. The Index Card Method and Story Elements Checklist
6. Elements of Act I
7. Hero/ine, Protagonist, Main Character
8. Protagonist Case Study: Jake Gittes
9. What Makes a Great Villain?
10. Villains, Part 2: The Forces of Antagonism
11. Elements of Act Two
12. Elements of Act Two, Part 2
13. Elements of Act Three
14. What Makes a Great Climax?
15. Visual Storytelling
16. Creating Suspense
17. Plants and Payoffs
18. The Big Twist
19. Character Introductions
20. Fairy Tale Structure
21. Meta Structure
22. Your First Draft is Always Going to Suck
23. Top Ten Things I Know About Editing
24. Life is a Pitch Meeting

PART TWO: STORY BREAKDOWNS

25. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
26. Romancing the Stone
27. Chinatown
28. The Mist
29. Act Climaxes and Turning Points

PART THREE: THE BUSINESS


30. How Do I Get a Literary Agent?
31. Internet Resources for Writers
32. So You Want to Know About Screenwriting
33. Recommended Reading

Figure 1: Story Grid

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  • Print Length: 358 pages
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0032JSJ9U
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