The Ultimate Writer's Workbook For Books And Scripts - Book Review



If you want to write and if you are either new to writing or maybe at the intermediate level, The Ultimate Writers Workbook from Motivational Press  is a book you'll want to check out. 


The Ultimate Writers Workbook from Motivational Press

The published author of over 30 books, articles, and stories,  Serita Stevens also writes scripts, adaptations, novelizations and does ghosting.  Some of her scripts have been produced while others have been optioned. 


Receiving her master's degree from Antioch's University program in London, England, Serita did her student teaching at Oxford's Platter College and spent many long hours in the British Reading Room where she read original manuscripts by Richard the Lionhearted and William the Conqueror as she researched her stories. 


While many of her books have been historicals, historical romance, westerns, Biblical, mystery, dramady, and historical suspense,  Serita, who is trained as a forensic nurse, also wrote nonfiction - The Book of Poisons (Writer's Digest) so that writers could get their poisons correct in an understandable, non-medicalese language,  and The Forensic Nurse (St. Martin's Press) to educate the public how in this newer area of expertise nurses now help police and attorneys solve crimes .  (Many doctors, it appears, are not trained how to save evidence and as a result cases are often lost.)  She has also done prequels  as when she was hired by the producers of the hit TV show Cagney and Lacey to do the back-story of how the cops developed their careers.


 As a teacher of writing since the early 1980's, Serita has lectured at various universities in Chicago and Los Angeles.  Most notably UCLA, USC, Loyola Marymount and Roosevelt University.  The chapters from the book come from her lectures.  She also has spoken at numerous conferences on character development, ideas and the difference in writing scripts versus books. 


Serita Stevens

The book, itself,  has numerous exercises to help the reader/writer brainstorm their work.  Topics include not only information on characters, plot, view point, beginnings, research, and endings, but she delves into the various genres she, herself, has been successful at - mystery, romance, young adult, and historical.  There are also chapters on working with agents, rewriting, dealing with rejection, professional survival and getting publicity for your book.  (These days, it seems, even the traditional publishers do not greatly assist their authors in the publicizing books.  Much of the work is left to the writer.)   Of course, she also goes into script writing and adaptations, as well. 


In the script section she does not go into format or structure as many of the other screenwriting books have done, but instead talks more about the story. After all, a good story is a good story and in scripts it is mainly less is more and what is visual. 


 Because of the many exercises, even writers who think they are established might find the book useful. 


Forthcoming books include the young adult drama, Against Her Will, written with Jo Schaffer, which can now be pre-ordered from Amazon, and the true crime, Transylvania Heist, written Charles Allen II.


The workbook can be found at the various sites - Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as Serita's own site.


She will be lecturing next weekend at the Big Story Conference in Van Nuys, California on February 20-22 on characters, ideas, and scripts vs books.  

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