by Alexandra Sokoloff
A 2015 release published by the author
Reviewed by Carl Brookins
The accomplished author of this work is a multiple award winning writer for the screen, in fiction writing and she conducts workshops on a variety of topics around writing and film making. This work grew out of her workshops and is designed to be used with a course or workshop.
Her experiences, insights and organizational abilities are in full force here. Even without the actual workshop, this book is well worth acquiring and examining. For many authors, it can be a foundation for either a novel or a film. It is well-organized into four major sections, Story Structure, More Screenwriter Tricks, Story Breakdowns and The Business.
The workbook is written in a highly engaging style with an occasional discursion into Alexandra’s seriously tongue-in-cheek but trenchant observations of the Hollywood and national publishing community. It would be easy to dismiss the entire effort as a frivolous effort but that would be a mistake. Works of this genre can often use a little relaxed attitude to help readers through sometimes arcane and dense detail.
Finally there is a very good section that deals with the business of publishing which any writer who wantsto be successful needs to know. It is no longer sufficient to hire an agent and leave all the business to her or him. To be successful, one needs to be current with the business. For the time being, this book is an excellent foundation. Even experienced writers can learn from this book.