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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A real treasure trove.

This is the best book on how to write fiction. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this book even if you are a panster. Larry explains all of the elements of story structure that is required to write a great story.

posted by Readletter on November 1, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

It Works

Like a million other "wanna-be" writers I have a shelf full of how to write books. Or maybe two shelves full. I've written three, so far unpublished, mystery novels and I've learned a lot about the craft of storytelling with each one. However the time it took to write m...
Like a million other "wanna-be" writers I have a shelf full of how to write books. Or maybe two shelves full. I've written three, so far unpublished, mystery novels and I've learned a lot about the craft of storytelling with each one. However the time it took to write my first, by my old seat-of-the-pants, uneducated process caused me to write and re-write it several times over the course of three or four years. Not a prodigeous output.

My second book, a sequel to the first, lies "complete" but untouched in my laptop. Then I discovered Larry Brooks. I was able to purchase an early version of Story Enginering. Once I began to understand the need for story process as taught by Larry things seemed to fall into place. I recently completed a first draft of a 64,000 word mystery in about six months that actually reads pretty well thanks to following Larry's methods of story planning.

I'm always mistrustful of zealots, so I'm trying to temper my views a little. Quite frankly, the process Larry lays out in this book works. If you are going to add one more book on writing to your shelf, this is the one to have.

posted by PMMessina on March 1, 2011

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    Nothing New

    I got this book because it had been recommended as being about structure. The business terms use (milestone and Core Competencies) also suggested it might be taking writing from a business metaphor. Instead, I got a book that was marketing fluff and didn't present anything new.

    The Core Competencies ended up being more like a marketing buzzword to relabel fairly common writing elements like characers that you'll find in any craft book. The book describes this as a new approach that other books don't do, but it didn't give any new insights into the craft. The book says it's not about outlining, but all it does is label an outline as a plan.

    One of the turn-offs about the book is that it kept bashing writers who don't outline. Non-outliners are greeted with sarcastic phrases like "Good luck with that" because they don't outline and there's a clear suggestion they won't ever get published unless they follow the plan in the book. So the book manages to alienate a part of the audience who might have been able to take ideas and use them in different ways.

    The other turn-off is the marketing spiel. It might work well in a workshop where the author can use voice and inflection to make it work, but in a book for 200+ pages, the constant high energy "Sell! Sell! Sell!" it's just too much. That alone made this a book that I wanted to put down and not read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 22, 2012

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