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.
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
When he was in school, someone probably told Brooks that good nonfiction is about presenting an argume ...more
**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
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
I wish I'd found this book a few years back. Its value per page would have been much higher for me. However, now it's not as high. I still give this five stars because I'm measuring it against how good it is for the right person. Or, rather, me when I would have needed it most. Even though many of the ideas aren't what I need now, and some of the ideas he glosses over are what I'd like to go deeper on now that I'm further int ...more
Ele desenvolve uma estruturação para a escrita de romances por meio de seis competências básicas (Conceito, Personagens, Tema, Estrutura, Execução de cenas, Voz do autor) e dá dicas interessantes em todas elas.
O coração do livro, porém, está na parte de estrutura. Brooks descreve uma metodologia de escrita, baseada no planejamento preciso, cena a cena, de um romance, trazendo a experiência do trabalho com rote ...more
The Plot: The gist of the book covers ‘Six Core Competencies’ every writer must master in hopes of being published, and ideally, commercially successful. Those areas include concept, character, theme and perhaps most critically – based on page count alone – structure, as well as scene construction and writing voice. Each ...more
I don't disagree with everything in the book, okay? There, I said it. There is way more analogy than is necessar ...more
So much complaining about 'pantsers' (would pantsers even read a book about story-planning? It'd be like a vegan reading a book on various ways to cook a beef, or… wait… OH GOD, THE ANALOGIES HAVE GOTTEN TO ME.)
The informative parts of the book are useful but i would not recommend trying to read it straight through. Much too easy to lose focus on the intended goal of becoming a better writer: There are entire pages (in at least one place, an entire chapter) which are nothing ...more