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Writing Love: Screenwriting Tricks for Authors II: Story Structure for Pantsers and Plotters 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."
--- Bestselling author JA Konrath, A Newbie's Guide To Publishing

"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. Recommended without reservation. "  
--- Vicki Pettersson, author of the Sign of the Zodiac series


"I loved this book! Alexandra Sokoloff breaks down the screenwriting process in easy-to-understand steps 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 take their 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. First, You Need an Idea
4. What KIND of Story Is It?
5. The Three-Act, Eight-Sequence Structure
6. The Index Card Method
7. Story Elements Checklist
8. Elements of Act I
9. Plan, Central Question, Central Story Action
10. What's The Plan?
11. Hero/ine, Protagonist, Main Character
12. Hero and Heroine, Lover and Loved One
13. What Makes A Great Villain?
14. Elements of Act Two
15. Elements of Act Two, Part 2
16. Elements of Act Three
17. Top Ten Endings
18. What Makes a Great Climax?
19. Act Climaxes Overview and Examples
20. Expanding on the Key Story Elements
21. Expanded Story Elements Checklist
22. Love Story Elements
23. Fairy Tale Structure
24. Meta Structure
25. What is "High Concept"?
26. The Rule of Three
27. Voice
28. First Chapters
29. Theme and Thematic Image Systems
30. Visual Storytelling
31. Creating Suspense
32. Plants and Payoffs
33. The Big Twist
34. Character Introductions
35. Using Character Clusters
36. Your First Draft is Always Going to Suck
37. Top Ten Things I Know About Editing
38. A Process for Writing

PART TWO: STORY BREAKDOWNS

39. The Breakdowns
40. Leap Year
41. While You Were Sleeping42. Notting Hill
43. Four Weddings and a Funeral
44. The Proposal
45. New in Town
46. Groundhog Day
47. Sense and Sensibility
48. Romancing the Stone
49. Sea of Love

PART THREE: THE BUSINESS


50. Life is a Pitch Meeting
51. How Do I Get a Literary Agent?
52. Internet Resources for Writers
53. So You Want to Know About Screenwriting
54. Recommended Reading

Figure 1: Story Grid

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  • Print Length: 440 pages
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  • Publication Date: July 18, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005DB81F2
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By Jane Pinckard on August 4, 2013
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Wow, was I ever disappointed. I read and really enjoyed the first in the series, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors. It was really useful. Since I'm working on a project that has a strong romantic element, I decided to try part two. She should have called it part 1.5. 90% of it is a word-for-word retread of the first book. She goes in and adds a couple of references to romance, but that's basically it. She could have condensed the new material into an appendix.
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I purchased this book because after taking Alexandra's online class, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (amazing class BTW), I wondered, how could she expand on the rich nuggets of information already presented? Well I should have known better than to wonder. Ms. Sokoloff's description of this book does not do it justice, not by a long shot. To say it's a revised and expanded version of her excellent book, "Screenwriting Tricks for Authors", is selling this volume short.

Now I've read a ton, and I mean a ton (my husband will vouch for me) of fiction writing books and there are some amazing books out there but this book, not only gives you in-depth descriptions of book and movie structure, it also gives you bullet-point lists you can follow from the opening image to the end of your story. In addition, Sokoloff covers different types of stories (i.e Fairy Tale, Love Story, Meta Structure), breaking each down completely. And she has tons of examples, she talks about high concept, voice, rule of 3, etc.

I could go on for a long time but it boils down to this. This book has sooo much helpful information for writers, I recommend you run, don't walk to buy this book for yourself. At only only $2.99 USD, this book, ladies and gentlemen, is a BARGAIN.
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I first purchased Writing Love to assist in plotting out a love story. Not only did Writing Love prove useful in outlining an effective and tight romance novel, it has been helpful in all of my other works (even those that do not fall in the romance genre).

There are many how-to books available to writers--I've read a great many of them over the years. But Alexandra Sokoloff's is my go-to book whenever I'm in the planning and plotting process. I highly recommend it!
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I'm so happy I bought this book! What I found extremely helpful was a comprehensive list on which elements should go where in the three acts. She makes it clear that these are not firm rules, but they have worked for many to cause an emotional impact on readers. I found the chapter on creating suspense very useful as well.

Yes, this book analyses romance films, but it is full of amazing advice no matter what genre you write. There is ALOT of information in here. I will have to reread it a few times for everything to sink in, but as I read, I kept thanking Ms. Sokoloff for writing this book and it generated lots of ideas for my own book. I know I will be referring to it constantly.

I have read over a dozen writing books and am very pleased I bought Ms. Sokoloff's book. She gives some new advice and views I haven't come across yet. Trust me, buy the book.
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I need this book on hand in the event of writers block! Ok, maybe it could be of use for each book I write, but for me that would seem like a lot of work almost forcing the book out instead of letting it flow at its own pace. Think snow ball rolling down hill, repetition, repetition, stop to pack on more snow, then repetition, repetition, etc. About half way through the book I was looking to see how much longer it was! But the repetition made for some skipping and skimming knowing that when/if the need be I could come back and find the `way'. It also makes each section complete unto itself. I understand that repetition is a good way to learn but it is a pet peeve of mine, I suppose, rather than a fault of the author or book. I'm not prudish; I don't mind a few light naughty words in a non-fiction book but they are not needed, especially the f word. However, I suppose that, along with the author's choice of stories, tells us something about her and that she is comfortable with herself and her readers. I agree with her that often an author leaves the reader in the dark about visual references; I often am left wondering where a story is taking place and what era is being depicted. I'm glad so many story breakdowns were included in this book as I would not like to cannibalize my favorites like that. This is an excellent reference overall, especially for writing screenplays, but applicable to other types of writing as well. It is almost as though "Writing Love" doesn't say enough about this book, as though the title should be more encompassing somehow. Very thorough. Many references are included: how to find an agent, book references, and helpful web sites. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review.
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This is a really useful craft book. I don't have any intention of writing screenplays, but I bought it for help with organizing and plotting my novels. I refer to it over and over and have learned many helpful tricks, so thanks Ms Sokoloff!
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This book is the first one that's ever made the structure of plot really clear for me. Linking the elements to movies I've seen over and over again (especially the detailed recounting of "You've Got Mail," which is my all-time favorite movie) is what turned the light bulb on for me. I wish this book was available in hard copy, because I would use it again and again as a reference. Much as I like straight reading on a Kindle, it's a pain to try to find things that way. I like reference books that I can flip through, write notes in the margins, and highlight. Please consider printing this in the future, Ms. Sokoloff!
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