04/05/2012 Share this story   Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Story Engineering

19aa7dbc-4b82-418a-aa82-200d6bf0ea6b

Writing a novel without serious advance planning is a mistake, says Larry Brooks. OK, it works for some, but the majority of authors who work that way end up with an unfinished manuscript.
 
A better plan, he argues, is to start with the structure of a story – its engineering – and use that as the basis for narrative. His book shows how a novelist can work with six basic aspects of storytelling, four of them being elemental (and these are concept, character, theme and plot) and two are executional (scene construction and writing voice).
 
All these aspects inter-relate and need to be in balance, and it is by aiming at the balance that authors can keep the structure of their story permanently in sight. In this way, authors will always know what to do next, will not find themselves running out of steam half way through a novel. That is the Larry Brooks approach to writing fiction, and his book explains the process in clear detail.

 

Back to Bookshop

04/05/2012 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Bookshop

Woodrush Towers Agents of Odd By S P Rowell

It was like any other night until his nose scraped the ceiling of his one bedroom flat. ...


Zeta Resin Pines By S P Rowell

After decades of regeneration, the event has left the world divided and ruled by Zeta. In southern England, a ...


Charlie Mac by M.McDonald

Charlie was shot in his armchair by the ‘B’ Specials, during the Belfast pogroms in 1922. Mary-Jane, ...


From the Pope to Pigeons; From Dreams to Heaven by Michael J Lowis

This book, the author’s seventh, contains a gallimaufry, or hotchpotch, of twenty topics that include memoir, ...


Other Bookshop in this category

Woodrush Towers Agents of Odd By S P Rowell

It was like any other night until his nose scraped the ceiling of his one bedroom flat. ...


Zeta Resin Pines By S P Rowell

After decades of regeneration, the event has left the world divided and ruled by Zeta. In southern England, a ...


Charlie Mac by M.McDonald

Charlie was shot in his armchair by the ‘B’ Specials, during the Belfast pogroms in 1922. Mary-Jane, ...


From the Pope to Pigeons; From Dreams to Heaven by Michael J Lowis

This book, the author’s seventh, contains a gallimaufry, or hotchpotch, of twenty topics that include memoir, ...