Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, Scene Construction
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~It drowns itself in metaphors and analogies.
~The author comes off as being hugely egotistical.
~The first 10 -15 % of the book is an infomercial (which seemed unnecessary as I’d already made the purchase).
~In terms of writing craft, there isn’t anything new (which the author freely admits).
However, when all of the above was set aside (unread by ...more
*Some very interesting, useful explanations of story milestones, with a couple good examples of what he's talking about. It made me think about story architecture in a different way, and I liked a lot of what he had to say. Good food for thought, even when I disagreed.
*A number of good questions to ask yourself about your story and to help you when you're trying to plot it out. I made a copy of the character checklist, for example, to help me flesh out my characters (which I struggle w ...more
But when he actually tells you, it's wonderful. Despite the tone, I'd give this 6 stars if I could.
When he was in school, someone probably told Brooks that good nonfiction is about presenting an argume ...more
Finally, a guide that makes it clear how to lay out a novel and how to plan without having a brain aneurysm (I'm actually going to be a planner and it isn't scary anymore!). I don't know how he has made the process seem so straight-forward, but he has. Don't get me wrong, I've got many weeks ahead of me in re-structuring my manuscript (MS), but now I look forward to it! He's cut down my stress significantly and narrowed the time it would have taken me to fix up my MS.
Larry drills in his "6 Core...more
But as a committed "pantser" for many years, I found I could revise and revise and improve and improve a draft, but not reconcile what I was discovering about my novels with a final version. I could solve micro problems like description, setting, character motivation, and the all-important "tension on every page" with varying levels of success, but it di ...more
Loved this and can't recommend it enough to other writers.
**Story Structure or, “What I learned from the Three Little Pigs”**.
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When we love a story, when a book stays with us for days (or decades) we know that it “works.” What we mean by that is that the story fulfilled specific desires (based on the genre/tone of that novel). But how does one story work and another fail?
Of c ...more
I feel like I need to rate two completely different aspects of this book. I will give the positive first.
This book gets 4-5 stars for the fact that Larry Brooks breaks down very important elements of books and analy ...more
I've finally finished this book. I rated it 4* because of the content.
In the book, Brooks talks about how the skills he preaches will empower a writer to finish more stories, in fewer drafts, hours, and tears, and actually improve the stories you write to salable quality.
I can't speak to the reality of all of those bold claims, but I can say that I feel more empowered.
He has some interesting thoughts about story str ...more
Brooks's guidance on structure was most useful to me, so I'll focus on that in th ...more
I don't disagree with everything in the book, okay? There, I said it. There is way more analogy than is necessar ...more
Sadly, no. Every core competency stretches over multiple chapters (sounds good, detailed, you say...) but then you find that you could probably delete the first 2 or 3 chapters entirely for each competency an ...more
Update: Re-read the book and that helped clarify some of the concepts I missed the first time.
I wasn't really sure if that was a legitimate complaint. I feel as though the analogies were just worsened by the fact that I read the book without s ...more
As far as criticisms, the author did get on my nerves a fair amount by beating the drum over and over and over with the anti-pants ...more