Screenwriting Tricks for Authors

Write your first book—or your best book yet—
using the storytelling tricks of your favorite movies

Nanowrimo Now What? – Top Ten Things I Know About Editing

So you did Nanowrimo! Huzzah!! Or maybe you didn’t, but whether you did it through Nanowrimo or not, you now have a rough draft—maybe a very, very, very rough draft— of your book or script. Huzzah!! So now what? First of all, I hope you’ve had a good long break. If at...

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Ten Romantic Movies – to help you write your love story!

Even if you’re not a romance writer, there are very few books or scripts that don’t have love plots, at least subplots—and who doesn’t want to up their love story game? So at this romantic time of year, why not put yourself in the mood for love and in the mood to...

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Groundhog Day for Groundhog Day

Happy New Year, and Happy Year of the Tiger! I’m late getting the year started—Omicron outbreak in the family over Christmas. Hope you all have managed to avoid it!But I always like to celebrate this off-beat holiday with a movie breakdown.As the classic It’s a...

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Story Expo worksheets

Story Expo writers! Apparently people are having trouble downloading the worksheets and supplemental material from the workshops, so please just shoot me an email:  alex AT alexandrasokoloff DOT com  and I'll have those sent out to you directly. Also, it was getting...

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What KIND of Story is It?

Like I suspect a lot of people here, Craig and I ended up mourning the loss of the incomparable Sidney Poitier by watching In the Heat of the Night. I often reference Heat as an example in workshops, but watching it again reminded me of what a great teaching movie it...

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Holiday Homework: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

I know, it’s SO HARD to get any writing done this time of year. I’m not putting any pressure on you, I swear!  But there is something that a whole lot of us do this time of year that we can actually turn into an almost miraculous, (as it were) two-and-a-half hour...

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Nanowrimo finish line — Act III Elements

Last week of November—we're into Act III, now! Or maybe, even probably, you're not that far yet, which is perfectly fine. As long as you're writing, it's all good. The book will be done when it's done.But if you are into Act III, here are the prompts for that last...

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Nanowrimo — Act II: Part 2 Elements

Nanowrimo Week 3: The Downward Spiral. If you are blazing through #Nanowrimo like a speeding train and are actually working on the third quarter of the story, you have reached what is very often the darkest quarter of your story. And often the muddiest! So let’s try...

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Nanowrimo: MIDPOINT, part 2

Yesterday we talked about general characteristics of a MIDPOINT. Now let's look at some examples.A favorite MIDPOINT of mine (in a masochistic kind of way) is in Brian DePalma’s The Untouchables. It's also a great example of how a main character's PLAN and MAIN STORY...

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