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Story Structure - Demystified

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A comprehensive study of how a successful novel, screenplay or even a short story breaks down into a sequence of mission-driven parts separated by succinct functional milestone moments. The result is a context-driven and mission-driven model for story sequencing, forever answering the question, "what do I write next, where do I put it, and why does it work there?"
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Steven
Jul 31, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it
STORY STRUCTURE--DEMYSTIFIED has gotten my novel on track, helping me to go from a stack of index cards consisting of scenes I couldn't figure out where to place in the story, to a solid structure of story milestones that act as a skeleton to hold the novel upright while I fill in the connective tissue with the talking, fighting, loving, and traveling my characters do on their own.
While I don't necessarily agree with Brooks that his structure is "non-negotiable" if an author intends to sell his
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Jessica Anne
Aug 18, 2016 Jessica Anne rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Really clearly written and invaluable information for a novice writer like myself. It defines the major parts and turning points in a novel, where in the novel they should occur, and how they work together to create a coherent, publishable novel. Larry Brooks uses analogies as well as examples from well known books and movies to illustrate basic story structure. I will be re-reading and referencing this book often. If you're writing novels or screenplays, this is a must-read.
Nicolette Hugo
Jul 26, 2014 Nicolette Hugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is such a brilliant gem of a book for writers.

Larry is gold. He makes it so accessible and easy to get your head around. I have read a few bits here and there about structure and while it makes sense conceptually, there always seems a gap to trying to overlay it on my stories - Larry fills the gap. What's more the books is short, to the point and easy to read. I finished it in a couple of hours yesterday and that included some mind mapping of the key points.

Highly recommended.
Katy
Jul 02, 2016 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NOW to write my novel!

This book has made it very clear the importance of story structure. While I knew some if the things listed, there was also much I needed to learn! As a new writer, I look forward to using this in my first novel.
Cathy Yardley
Jun 27, 2011 Cathy Yardley rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I'm a hard-core plotter, but this helped me look at the "middle" in an entirely new way, and finally explained the damned midpoint in a way I loved. All this material has been folded into his new book, STORY ENGINEERING. Great stuff!
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