Last year Larry Brooks (of StoryFix.com) announced his new book, Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing, was being published by Writer’s Digest Books in February 2011. I eagerly waited a whole year to read his book.
And now that I have, there’s only one thing I can say:
WOW—This is the last book about writing I’ll ever have to buy!
It’s like Larry has handed me the keys to the writing and publishing kingdom through reading this book. I finally feel like I know everything I need to know to write a successful and sellable novel. And that’s worth everything to me.
Story Engineering is like getting an MFA, only it’s even better because it doesn’t cost you two-plus years of your life and upwards of $100,000.
The book is broken down into eight parts:
- Part One—What Are The Six Core Competencies, and Why Should I Care?
- Part Two—The First Core Competency: Concept
- Part Three—The Second Core Competency: Character
- Part Four—The Third Core Competency: Theme
- Part Five—The Fourth Core Competency: Story Structure
- Part Six—The Fifth Core Competency: Scene Execution
- Part Seven—The Sixth Core Competency: Writing Voice
- Part Eight—The Story Development Process
How To Read Story Engineering
With so much information to take in, here’s how I recommend you read this book:
- First read it all the way through from cover-to-cover, taking in as much information as you can.
- Next, use the Table Of Contents (TOC) to jump around and read for clarification. Every page of this book is packed with great information, but that can make it difficult to remember everything. Using the TOC reading method you can refresh yourself on the parts that were unclear or that you just needed to spend additional time taking in.
- Keep Story Engineering by your writing area and pull it out whenever you need a refresher or just a confidence boost (as this book will surely make you feel like you know everything it takes to write a novel that works).
If you don’t already own Story Engineering, you need to own it pronto! Think of it as an investment in your future success as a writer. And for the price of $11 (on Amazon) it’s a bargain.
Now you can go back to buying fiction books and reading for pleasure because after you read this book, your need for additional writing education is pretty much over. This book fills in all the holes and gaps the classes, workshops and other books you’ve read left behind.
And if you want to hear even more about Story Engineering, check out this video interview blogger Joanna Penn did with Larry on his new book.
About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits Challenge. For more great writing tips, tools and advice, be sure to follow her on Twitter or Facebook.
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