Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Screenwriting Tricks for Authors - FREE this week!

 Okay, to celebrate NaNoWriMo (and get you all prepped in time!), I've made the first Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbook FREE for Kindle this week. Now those of you who don't have it  can download the book instead of hunting through these posts (I know some of you still do...)

It's free worldwide, and remember, you don't have to have a Kindle - you can download a free Kindle app to read it on your computer.

- Amazon US

- Amazon UK

- Amaxon DE

- Amazon FR

- Amazon ES

- Amazon IT

Are you finally committed to writing that novel but have no idea how to get started? Or are you a published author - but know you need some plotting help to move your books and career up to that next level?

Screenwriting is a compressed and dynamic storytelling form 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.

With this workbook, based on award-winning author/ screenwriter Alexandra Sokoloff’s internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks For Authors blog and workshops, 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, and building image systems - to structure and color your novel for maximum emotional impact, unbearable suspense and riveting pacing, no matter what genre you're writing in.

You'll create your own personalized workbook of genre tricks based on your favorite books and movies and tailored to your own brand of storytelling, and a collage book to build visual image systems. And the emphasis on premise is invaluable for crafting that all-important query and pitch.

In this rapidly changing world of publishing, more and more agents and editors are looking for novels that have the pacing, emotional excitement, and big, unique, "high concept" premises of Hollywood movies (and the potential for that movie or TV sale!).

Whether you're just starting to develop a book or script, or rewriting for maximum impact, this workbook will guide you through an easy, effective and fun process to help you make your book or script the best it can be.

Includes detailed film breakdowns and analysis as well as chapters and resources on how to get a literary agent, writing a query letter, professional networking, and screenwriting contests.

"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


Virgilante said...

I'm starting to become the first commenter on a regular basis. I'll have to delay my comments to avoid stalker status.

This is incredibly generous of you. I downloaded mine right away. I'll try not to let it become the reason to delay my new project.

Maxwell said...

How thoughtful!

I paid for the book and haven't regretted it at all. It's truly excellent.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Virgilante, if it makes you feel any better, a lot of people who read this blog subscribe to it and don't get the posts and start commenting for at least 24 hours, I find.

If you do the assignments chapter by chapter or as they suit you, you can't possibly neglect your project while reading it. Yes, I did that on purpose. ;)

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Thanks, Maxwell, I appreciate that!

chihuahuazero said...

I already bought it over a week ago while it wasn't free. I'm reading it now, but I'm not at the point to decide whatever it'll be useful to my writing or not.

It might've set my gift card money back enough that I'll have to beg for my mom for her credit card so I can buy this book, but I hope I'll enjoy your book!

Cherise Kelley said...

Got my copy. Thanks for this! Maybe now I will meet my December 1, 2012 deadline (self-imposed)!

Jean Reidy said...

Wow! I've been dying to read this. Thanks, Alexandra. I've downloaded my copy.

Louisa Mack said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been working through Writing Love and my notes from your workshop. I'll just keep going until this novel whistles and sings :-)

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Chihuahua, I'm confused - which book are you trying to buy?

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Cherise, good luck! Hope it does help.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Jean, you're welcome! Let me know what you think.

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Louisa, you've got the right attitude, you'll get there! This one has much darker examples than Writing Love - good to have a balance.

Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

Thank you so much for offering your book. I just happened by your blog yesterday for the first time, and headed over to Amazon to buy both books. How nice that one was free! So to thank you and spread the word, I posted a review (already read and worked through many exercises in the first book) on my blog today: http://bit.ly/Po9frx .

Thank you for your generosity and fantastic explanations.


Virgilante said...

I made the lists and went through the exercises. I may not have a good villain inside me. My list was filled with characters like the rock from Armageddon, Dante's Peak, and even Old Satan from Night of the Grizzly. (yeah, I'm old) I liked the veil over The Judge in The Natural.

It's pretty hard to reflect or contrast traits with the big rock. I feel like I need to have Bruce Dern, Alan Rickman, and Anthony Perkins over for an intervention.

I may not have a Nottingham in me. I can't seem to find a non corny reason for the things they do. Is there hope for me?

Ellen said...

Oh, good, now I own both the Tricks books! SO very useful.

I was strict with myself about identifying 8 sequences and figuring out all the structural guideposts before starting my most recent project, and while I can't say the writing has been "easy," I have been much less pestered by doubt this time--and did almost no writing that's not going to be used. (I laid out my outline with index cards and tape on a big plastic fabric-cutting board, but now I'm sold and am going to buy a dedicated display board.) I was happy to see that the structure held up really well through a story comprised of two parallel narratives told in alternating scenes.

Right now, I have so many ideas I want to develop! Including two screenplays and a series of mystery novels. For the Huntress/FBI books, you outlined the whole series up front?

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Ellen, I'm just delighted that it's working for you like that. Nothing's foolproof but ANYTHING that helps, right?

I definitely did not outline the whole Huntress series up front. I didn't know what the second book would be about until I started getting feedback from beta readers on the first, I only knew that there COULD be more books because I had a meta-structure like THE FUGITIVE that would allow me to be a little episodic (as in TV episodes) with further books while keeping the arc and tension of the main relationship going.

But as I'm writing the second book I am making notes on the third, which is going in a direction I would never have anticipated and which is utterly perfect.

This is my first time writing a series on my own, though, so I suggest you read what more experienced series writers have to say about their processes - it's always inspiring and you get lots of ideas from a little research like that.

I'm SO glad you're on fire about writing - can't wait to read!

Anonymous said...

Hey. Thanks so much for this generous offer! Just started a new novel and am wanting to use some screenwriting tools. This book couldn't be a more perfect fit!

Anonymous said...

Hey. Thanks so much for this generous offer! Just started a new novel and am wanting to use some screenwriting tools. This book couldn't be a more perfect fit!

Anonymous said...

Hey. Thanks so much for this generous offer! Just started a new novel and am wanting to use some screenwriting tools. This book couldn't be a more perfect fit!

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Deb, I think you'll love the method - it's just telling you stuff you already know, from watching movies your whole life!

Julia said...

Many thanks! Took advantage of this and am finding your book very helpful. Best --

J.J.Foxe said...

I missed the freebie period on this - doesn't matter, I bought it.

I think fiction writers cna learn an absolute ton from screenwriters!

Looking forward to diving in.

Unknown said...

Appreciate the free book, Alexandra. I'm bout a quarter through it and find I can't put it down. Just handed my latest novel to my editor for a line edit,and decided to put it back for a few more tweaks based on what you wrote about conflicts within a characters. Great book!