Hi gang, Craig here today. We rotate our Friday assignments, and today it’s my turn to share a book with all of you. So far, we’ve shared various novels that we’ve enjoyed, but that streak ends today.
Story Empire is all about helping other authors, and sharing what we know. One of us doesn’t know as much as all of us – that kind of thinking. This means that today I’m sharing a craft book with you guys.
Screenwriting Tips for Authors is not as widely known as some of the other texts out there, but it meant a lot to me. I found it after I’d written several trunk novels, and the timing was perfect. I still use some of the lessons I learned here to this day.
This is where I picked up storyboarding as being preferable to outlining. The author spends quite a bit of time showing you exactly how to do it. I’ve modified the process over the years to suit myself, but that’s how everything works in this business.
I also learned about three act structure here, and still try to write using it.
There are good breakdowns of story structure and character arc, and Sokoloff makes her comparisons using movies that everyone is likely to have seen. This made it much easier for me to understand.
The section on fairy tale structure alone was worth the price of admission to me. (Did you know The Godfather is a fairy tale?) I used a lot of these teachings when I wrote The Cock of the South. This is the one where I used a complete (and I mean really complete) storyboard for the first time. Like I said, I don’t go into that much depth today, but this storyboard allowed me to write over 10,000 words in one day.
There are interesting bits that she calls set pieces, and how those are used at pivotal points in your story.
Enough gushing. Check it out, and maybe you’ll find something that works for you too. You can pick up your copy right here.
Note: I used the cover of my copy, and a link to that version. It appears there might be an updated version on Amazon. Sokoloff also re-wrote the text into something called Writing Love, the text is about the same but the examples she broke down are all romance films.