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!
There have been many times that I have attempted to write a story. I would end up throwing my hands up in disgust and give up each time. I just never knew where I was going wrong. I had great ideas. I just couldn’t figure out why they didn’t translate correctly into the written word.
This book helped to point out some of the fatal mistakes that I have been repeatedly making.
Larry Brooks has got it down to a science. There are certain structures that need to be in place in order for your idea to be able to take shape.
It was surprisingly easy to understand. And once I read the book, I laughed because those same mistakes he pointed out was exactly the same ones that I had been making.
Now that I am armed with this knowledge, I will hopefully get back up and finally finish a manuscript.
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