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Story Physics

Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling

By Larry Brooks

Format: Paperback

SKU# U0790

You'll Love This Book If:

  • You have read Story Engineering
  • Your story needs improvement
  • You are looking for ways to connect the six core competencies to story physics

In order to make your story shine and engage your readers, it's important to have a deep understanding of storytelling.

Larry Brooks's newest book, Story Physics helps writers gain that understanding from concept to application. Using his theory of the six core competencies of storytelling from his bestselling book Story Engineering as a starting point, Story Physics gives writers tools for story development that delve into the mindset, skills and strategic thinking needed to make a story effective and competitive in the market place.

In This Book You'll Learn:

  • The three phases of story development
  • What a beat sheet is and how to use it
  • Examples of story physics in popular novels like The Help and The Hunger Games

A Word From the Author:

"Some writers develop stories in a complete vacuum, in context to nothing—no principles, no expectations. They just sit down and spill it onto the page. (I’ve seen writing teachers who advocate this as a process, but they need to add that once spilled, you need to do a lot of cleaning up.) They then wonder why it doesn’t work, and why it takes so long before it does.

That’s the problem this book seeks to address, and solve. It’s the “there are no rules” mind-set I am out to shift toward a higher level of comprehension. I seek to rewrite that cliché, which is actually a bit complicated. The difference between "rules" and "principles" is key to this understanding. By either name, they are the universal underlying story forces or physics that will affect your story one way or another, whether you like them or not, or whether you’re aware of them or not. You can harness those forces for literary good rather than leaving your story to chance or to the unproductive and invalid belief systems that have been your undoing so far."

About the Author Author:

Larry Brooks is a critically acclaimed best-selling author of six psychological thrillers (including Darkness Bound, Pressure Points, Serpents Dance and others), in addition to his work as a freelance writer and writing instructor. He is the creator and editor of, one of the leading instructional writing sites on the internet. He currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

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SKU U0790
Additional Feature Paperback
Author/Speaker/Editor Larry Brooks
File/Trim Size 5.5 x 8.44
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781599636894
Number Of Pages 256

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Balances Art & Architecture perfectly Review by Victoria

As many books as I've read over the years, this is the best. He breaks down "Hunger Games" and "The Help" as examples of precisely balanced stories, and story physics MUST be in place for your story to work. Don't stumble around for months or even years trying to "write your way through" and not understanding the framework. There's a definite science involved, so delve deep, get the architecture right, and your creative brain can take over from there. Highly Recommended, and a big Thank You to Larry Brooks!

(Posted on 2/14/2014)

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