Reinvigorate Your Fiction!
You've written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you've released it into the world: to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor. But something's wrong. You're not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection. Your story is getting a "Meh..." when you had hoped for an "Amazing!"
But have no fear--the piece you've sweated and bled over isn't dead on arrival. It just needs fixing.
Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs. With practical techniques from critically acclaimed author and story coach Larry Brooks, you will learn how to:
- Develop a story-fixing mind-set
- Navigate the two essential realms of revision: story and execution
- Evaluate your novel or screenplay against twelve crucial storytelling elements and essences.
- Strengthen your concept and premise.
- Punch up the dramatic tension, pacing, thematic weight, characterization, and more.
- Align your story with proven structural principles.
"Larry Brooks is a superb storyteller and teacher. If anyone can fix your novel, it's him. Put this one on your desk and read it often." --Robert Dugoni, #1 Amazon and New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave
"Story Fix is the ultimate writer's companion for taking any manuscript to the next level. A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro." --Joe Moore, #1 Amazon and international best-selling co-author of The Blade and The Shield
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When I bought this book, I expected that it would help me figure out how to diagnose my novel draft and how to fix its brokenness. I was completely wrong. Firstly, this book fails because it reads like a continuous distraction. For example, the first part of the book tries to teach me about concept and premise. Brooks tries to convey that these elements are critical for a commercial novel. He goes on to say that it is critical for a novelist to understand these elements and to understand how these elements differ from a mere idea. So far so good. The trouble is, Brooks completely skips over defining what these elements are. I thought I missed something; after all, Brooks stresses the importance of understanding these key elements throughout the book. So I backtracked. I re-read the chapters titled What is concept? and The Goal of Premise. Surely, if these elements are so important, the author must define them somewhere. It turns out, every time Brooks tries to define these critical elements, he inserts an aside, or a warning, or a vague analogy, or an example. Now, examples may be needed to illustrate a point; however, examples cannot and should not replace a definition. I don't care how tricky it may be to define these terms. How can the author expect us to understand these topics when he can't clearly define them? So much for understanding the critical elements needed to formulate the best core story. I finally purchased (mistake #2) Brooks's first book, Story Engineering, to get a better (but still vague) definition of concept. Unfortunately, I still have not been able to find a good definition of a premise. Secondly, this book fails because it does tell me all the ways my draft is flawed; however, it fails to tell me how to fix the draft. Brooks spends the better part of this book telling me that I'm wrong--that my draft sucks, and that my ego is getting in the the way of fixing my draft. He assumes that I know my draft is good enough for publication, and he wants to dispel that myth. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Yes, I already know that I have problems in my draft. That's why I picked up a book titled Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant--to figure out how to fix my broken draft. Why would I pick up this book if I didn't already know that my draft has problems? Why does the author continually see fit to mention that my draft sucks more than I think it does? Furthermore, where are the techniques I need to improve my draft? There is a chapter in this book titled Is Your Story Worth Saving? I'll save you from having to read it: The answer is "no." The author spends most of this chapter again pounding in the idea that your draft sucks more than you think it does, and that it is okay to abandon it. Now, it does irritate me that Brooks spends most of the book trying to convince me that my draft sucks. Yes, I know it sucks. I would have overlooked this fact, however, if Brooks had gone further to answer the burning question. That burning question is: How do I fix it? This is the question that Story Fix fails to answer. This is the primary failure of this book. Brooks does not understand that a writer may know that there is a problem with a novel draft and they may know exactly what that problem