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Story Engineering

By Larry Brooks

Format: Paperback

SKU# Z9190

"What makes a story great? This book gives you the answers by examining story architecture and the elements that all stories should incorporate to be successful."

- Brian Klems, Writer's Digest Online Editor

What makes a good story or screenplay great?

The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding of where to even begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that stories are every bit as engineering driven as they are artistic in nature. But the truth is, unless you are a master of the form, function and criteria for successful storytelling, then sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to write a story.

Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling—the engineering and design of a story—and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.

You'll learn to wrap your head around the big picture of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies:

  • the four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot);
  • and the two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice.
  • The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!

    Editorial Review
    This isn't a book about the technical aspects of writing such as how to use proper grammar or form a perfect sentence. It's about what the author calls the six core competencies of writing a great story: concept, character, theme, story structure (plot), scene construction, and writing voice. Understanding the importance of each concept and how they are related can make the difference between a mediocre story and an outstanding one that will sell.
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    BONUS: Order today and get a helpful checklist, created by novelist Larry Brooks, designed to help you evaluate your story's architecture. This download is available exclusively from the Writer's Digest Shop

    SKU Z9190
    Author/Speaker/Editor Larry Brooks
    File/Trim Size 8.437 x 5.5
    Format Paperback
    ISBN 13 9781582979984
    Number Of Pages 288

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    If you buy one book on writing buy this one Review by Theresa
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    I bought this at the full price of $17.99 and it was worth every penny. This is the most comprehensive book on plotting I have ever seen and I have a whole room full of writing books...probably over 100.

    Theresa Lepiane

    (Posted on 1/18/2014)

    You need this, but... Review by Fred Ramsey
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    The advice here is solid, simple, and very true. You need to have this book in your arsenal. However, the author often comes across as... preachy? Too forceful? Plow though that, though. Good stuff.

    (Posted on 5/17/2012)

    You need this book! Review by Dona
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    The information set forth in this book is extremely useful. Since almost every book I've ever read on writing was also useful, I must distinguish what makes "Story Engineering" so different.

    Mr. Brooks takes time to establish a loose and flexible system within which writers can not only develop new works, but also "check" existing works. The system is neither formulaic nor linear, but intuitive, author-centric, and malleable to suit any need. Any beginning author who wishes to question the actual validity of his work will find "Story Engineering" helpful.

    I used this book to assist in the rewrite of my second novel, the first in a three book series. I was nervous about the work as a stand alone story, since I took more care to set up the rest of the series than to write an amazing book. Mr. Brooks's "Story Engineering" provided a meshing, or a set of loosely connected maps, if you will, within which I could challenge the elements of that first book in the series.

    For anyone who needs structure in a mostly irrational industry, this is a great resource.

    (Posted on 5/1/2012)

    A Writer's Must-Have Review by Tania Pisa

    I haven't yet finished reading Story Engineering but I've already learned more than I ever did from the expensive writing courses I've taken in the past. Every writer should read this book if working smarter not harder is their goal.

    (Posted on 12/5/2011)

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