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Story Engineering par [Brooks, Larry]
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What makes a good story or a screenplay great?

The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin.

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 specific 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 pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include:

  • Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot)
  • 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!

Biographie de l'auteur

Larry Brooks is a critically acclaimed best-selling author of six psychological thrillers, 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 online.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 290 pages
  • Editeur : Writer's Digest Books; Édition : 1 (27 janvier 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004J35J8W
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Not the usual book about creative writing (I've read too much and sometimes they just repeat the same formulas). This one it really helps to structure a story, from the first idea and how to develop it (with useful questions and methods) up to the structuring the story and write the plot and the scenes. The book to keep on the desk while writing.
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Great book for starting writters. It really helped me to see with more clarity many aspects of story structure, i really enjoyed and recomend.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Too much work to unveil the good parts... 19 mai 2011
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I've read dozens of craft books. Story Engineering moved me enough to write my first review. I love what he said; I hate the way he said it.
While I found the method behind his madness enlightening and inspiring, there was far too much argumentative redundancy in this text. The constant barrage of 'you will not get published if you don't do this' and picking on other writing methods was tedious. I got it the first time. And every time after that. By the end, I felt like the author believed his whole audience to be ignorant. Brooks' delivery of the information was antagonistic throughout most of the book. So much so, that I felt like I should argue, but I agreed wholeheartedly with his structures. He was preaching to the choir. By the tenth time he bashed creating any other way - those people that disagreed wouldn't still be reading anyway. Let it go.
I have the kindle version. Too many too-wordy sentences that often straddled pages were a hassle to try to consume. Typos always jar me, and there were plenty. One, that I wish I'd marked so I could share the location, where the word CAN tried to stand in for the word CAN'T. I can see the usefulness of similes to explain concepts to people who just don't get it. There were so many that he must feel all of his readers just won't get it.
Had these core competencies been laid out in a concise, clear, and less argumentative manner, I would have rated Story Engineering 5 stars easily. I believe a book targeting professional writers, and even wannabes, could have been--should have been--presented more professionally.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Info in too much Chaff 17 avril 2011
Par karrose - Publié sur
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I listened to a Larry brooks interview on The Creative and it lit my proverbial light bulb. He discussed the very problem that has kept me drafting and butchering my stories while never hitting a sequence of events that sang to me. I immediately bought his book for my kindle.

Story Engineering delivered, provided the missing ingredient. The book was worth the money spent and the time spent. I'm hopeful and excited to put his methods into use.

That said, this book was truly painful to read. The Six Competencies were buried in extraneous pontifications, excessive rebuttal of his critics, and attitude--like his deep seated bias for certain types of writing. To make maters worse, these lectures, defenses, and opinions were repeated ad nauseam in each and every section. My head hurts from trying to sift out the wheat buried in all that chaff.

It's apparent that Mr. Brooks has a chip on his shoulder that he's extremely touchy about. He's obviously received strong ego-crushing criticisms of his storytelling method. He wastes pages endlessly trying to convince us that his method is the only real way to write successfully. Failure to use his structure means you will NOT get published. The organic writers, and other pantsers, who have still gotten published are using his structure but by different name. Okay, good to know, but this message was received in first chapter. Fine, reiterate it occasionally to drive the point home. But he replays this defense over and over even within chapters.

Hey, we had already bought and are reading the book! The author's job was now to present and teach us the method clearly and concisely, and then step back and let the reader/writer fly, or not. Writers will either buy into the structure or they won't. Sledgehammering writers on the head repeatedly won't make the doubters change their minds. Interestingly, one of the Six Competencies is Voice, yet the author's words conveyed the importance of finding the right balance in your writing Voice with his Voice--the antithesis of what he teaches. I found his Voice prickly, defensive, and rather arrogant in his opinions and biases--more suited for a dictator or a football coach.

To sum up, I believe Larry Brooks has given me priceless information and therefore highly recommend reading this book. BUT, I wish the text could be put through the "Reader's Digest-Condensed Novel" colander to sift out the excessive chaff. Then it would be the truly useful tool I believed the author intended it to be.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Writing Revelation 8 juillet 2016
Par Kelly - Publié sur
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As someone who has read well over a hundred writing books, I found this to be one of the best! The "6 Core Competencies" are spelled out very neatly and logically. After I studied them, I reacted with a "Duh! Of course! It's all so obvious now.". Larry Brooks gives wonderful advice and a detailed blueprint on how to write any kind of book, and my own writing plan just seemed so darn CLEAR to me when I finished his book. The overwhelming feeling I had while reading "Story Engineering" was one of HOPE...I don't have to write 50 drafts of my novel in order to get it ready for's just not necessary! I have always felt great frustration at the idea that writing a polished, exciting novel was impossibly hard work that could take years to complete. That overwhelming thought has stopped me in my writing tracks many a time, but I refuse to let it ruminate in my mind anymore. HELP IS ON THE WAY in the form of the 6 Core Competencies! I found it just amazing that Mr. Brooks has sold several manuscripts that were basically what we writers would call "first drafts", with just a quick polish before they were accepted for publication. I cannot express enough how happy I was when I read that...It's like my writing dream has come true. I now feel that I can absolutely be published in the near future.
To be fair to those who are considering this purchase, here are my complaints about the book: Larry Brooks does tend to rant a bit about other authors (and it's sometimes pretty funny), although he praises them equally. (Yes, we are ALL a little bitter and jealous that Dan Brown made $300 million from his Da Vinci Code books and movies, even if we liked them and think he deserves that money).... And heaven spare me from the sports analogies!! Criminy, why is that always the go-to analogy when men try to explain something? Yes, the author does use other very apt comparisons, but I was so hoping there would be zero sports involved...I am just done with those analogies...they are everywhere. But despite these few annoyances, I feel confident in urging other writers (both new and old) to purchase this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's about storytelling!!! 7 novembre 2016
Par Tommy Engel - Publié sur
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I've read lots of books on the craft of writing and this one beats them all so far, hands down because it's not about writing, it's about storytelling, which is what fiction writers are attempting to do. Tell stories. Larry Brooks' has a voice that I've heard on VLOGS before and so it helped to put his voice into each word as I read it. What got me about this book the most, is that it's the only one I've ever read that inspired me to make immediate changes to stories I've already started and others. While reading the first chapter of this book, I was inspired and moved to change a manuscript I've been working on for a few months, in my first real attempt to outline rather than my usual "pantsing" which has gotten me nowhere. After I made the changes Larry's work inspired, I shared my changes with a person I trust and was pleasantly surprised when she told me that it no sounds like the commercially successful books she reads and is really anxious for me to finish it. She wasn't excited about it at all prior to the small but focused edits I made to the overall concept of my story idea. I think Larry Brooks' book Story Engineering is by far worth whatever is being charged for it here. $9.99 or $29.99 - worth car more than free. Additionally, many more of the concepts in this book have helped me as well, that was just the most dramatic because it happened so quickly. The same thing continued the further I read. Epiphany after epiphany led me to a greater understanding of the importance of our innate connection to dramatic moments and how we hope and long for the emotional release those moments impart upon our psyche.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ... It is not the spoon That bends, it is only yourself 15 août 2016
Par Matt Mayevsky - Publié sur
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Books on writing are like lighthouses, show course, you swim alone.

Larry Brooks's Story Engineering offers the formula "Six Core Competencies," which not only facilitates, but is also indispensable to write a good novel. But this seemingly simple formula requires master its use.

Six Core Competencies consists of (individual parts correspond to the chapters of Story Engineering):
story structure,
execution scene,
and writing voice.
Four elements and two skills.

Everything is clear obvious after someone say it out loud.

What you remember from Story Engineering? Among other things, that the good novel is composed of four parts:

Each part has a different background, a different mission and performs different tasks.

The individual parts are divided / combined by milestones:
First Plot Point - between the first and the second part
Midpoint - between the second and third part
Second Plot Point - between the third and fourth part.

Each milestone is a twist point, but not every twist point is a milestone.

The above-mentioned milestones relate to the main character. Milestones, which relate to anti-hero called Pinch Point.

Pinch Point definition: "An example, or a reminder, of the nature and implications of the antagonistic force, that is not filtered by the hero's experience. The reader sees for herself in a direct form."

The whole story structure to the four sequential parts of your story and the story five essential milestones (story points).

Where they should be located Pinch Points? You decide: "Location is everything ... in real estate with story and milestones."

You can not forget about foreshadowing.

And remember:
The six most important words in storytelling:
Compelling, Hero, Conflict, Context, Architecture, Resolution.

Also important is the pre-Second Plot Point lull (a moment when all seems lost).

"Each of the four parts of a story is comprised of about twelve to eighteen scenes, and eat up about 25 percent of the total length of the story."

Average number of scenes in the novel ranges from 40 to 70 scenes (like parts) must be linked. It is important that the end of the scene (cut-and-thrust technique). The final sentence, as thrown a rope to climb further. Each scene has a mission to fulfill. The amount of information in a scene should be properly dispensed. Not too little, not too much.

This book means a lot to me. Larry Brooks gave me something that helped me not only a better understanding of story structure, but also filled the sense of my interests and abilities to plan, design and systems thinking.
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