What People Are Saying About This Book:
"This book is in the “get it, read it, apply it” category. Every aspect of the plot development is covered in detail. You are being fully submerged into the technology and can actually apply the tools offered by the author. It’s got a clear style and simple language with no unnecessary and complicated terminology. The Story-Flash technology is laid out according to the principle of "from small to large" – everything is done in small steps leading to a great result. As a producer I really appreciate this approach. The methodology is well structured. Everything happens in its turn: the first round, the second, the third ... The idea, the characters, the plot, the finished structure. All steps follow one another as if being spooled on a bobbin. This is a step-by-step instruction and I will be using it myself as it’s very practical. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a scriptwriter or producer. I also believe that everyone who is in the arts industry should read it."
"I’ve been traveling for much of the past 30 years, working in different ventures in media and technologies. I thus, have many tales to tell. I recently read Alexander Astremsky’s new book, “STORY-FLASH, Step-by-Step Technology of Plot Development for a screenplay, book or short story.” Of course, in those 30 years, I’ve many experiences that could easily become written stories. I’ve preferred in the past to tell my stories rather than take the time to write them down. I had come to the conclusion that these tales would be like “tears in rain” and would pass away when I would someday fade away myself. It is, to be honest, a somewhat fatalistic decision - perhaps, apathetic - to decide that just the experiencing of something unique and marvelous was enough, due to lack of HOW to properly share it. This book offers true hope at last. What’s been lacking is a simple and direct know-how, an uncomplicated technology of “how-to-do-it.” This book IS that realized hope, a true solution for the aspiring writer who loves the flow that follows when his muse is engaged to his good service… and the appreciation and sense of accomplishment once done. In these pages, the reader will learn a comprehensive technology, which he will also very importantly drill and exercise, to an ability to craft a story with all of its essential elements, whether for a novel, essay or tv/film screenplay. It is not overlong, easily read, written to the point and comprises easy steps for the new or even the jaded scribe. I commend it heartily to your attention AND most importantly, your use. Because, you see, it contains things you can do, in a sequence of steps, to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, if that IT you want to do something about is, to: WRITE BETTER, MORE AND ENJOY IT."
"Behind the exterior elegance and ease of a work of art, there are always thousands of hours of painstaking work. However, the path to mastery is much more successful if you have a wise mentor. This book is a caring and inspiring step-by-step guide that will take you to the top as a writer. Like a solid foundation, it will serve as a base for your talent. And who knows, perhaps next year Hollywood will make a movie based on your script and you will be invited to the Academy Awards ceremony. I would put on an ivory lace gown, what about you?"
"This is a wonderful book filled with practical recommendations, techniques and assignments. It will be useful to both novice and seasoned scriptwriters. This book has valuable tips for everyone. At last, we have a very comprehensive guideline on how to create this fundamental element of a successful film. The illustrations and exercises will help you assimilate the material quickly so that you can use it to create a million-dollar plot."