- You need this, but... Review by Fred Ramsey
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 5/17/12)
- You need this book! Review by Dona
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 5/1/12)
- 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 12/5/11)