Empower your rewrite, or your first draft, with a refreshingly intense approach to evaluating what you have and making it better.
“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
“In a marketplace filled with rehashed, often over-simplified advice, Brooks pulls no punches. Larry speaks to you like the professional writer he knows you can become. He clearly understands the difference between what you may want to hear–and what you need to hear.”
–Art Holcomb, award-winning writer and educator
Available at a bookstore near you (if not, ask and they’ll order it for you). To order online, click HERE for trade paper back (from Amazon.com), or HERE for Kindle, and HERE for Nook.
The bestselling writing craft book, from Writer’s Digest Books:
What readers are saying about “Story Engineering”…
“If you’ve been searching for an accessible, well-reasoned explanation of how the story building process works, look no further. Here is the roadmap you need to understanding the craft of writing.” —Terry Brooks, author of more than twenty five bestselling novels including The Sword of Shannara
“Story Engineering is a master class in novel writing. Reading it is like getting an MFA, without the pesky admissions process or student loans. This book will make you smarter about the craft. Period.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times Bestselling author of Heartsick, Sweetheart, and Evil at Heart
“Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering is a brilliant instructional manual for fiction writers that covers what the author calls the `Six Competencies of Successful Storytelling.’ The author presents a story telling model that keeps the writer focused on creating a dynamic living and breathing story form concept to the `beat sheet’ plan, through story structure and writings scenes. It’s a wonderful guide for the beginner and a great refresher for the pro. I guarantee this book will give you new ways to fire up your creativity.” — Jim Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel
“A useful guide explaining how to transfer screenwriting techniques to the craft of novel-writing. Good for screenwriters, too, summarizing the essence of entertaining commercial storytelling with great clarity.” —Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
“Larry Brooks’ groundbreaking book offers both novelists and screenwriters a model for storytelling that is nothing short of brilliant in its simplicity, its depth, its originality and its universality. Following his unique process is guaranteed to elevate your writing to the highest professional level.” — Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell, and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds.
The award-winning* writing craft book, from Writer’s Digest Books:
Story Physics: Harness the Underlying Forces of Storytelling
*Best Non-fiction book, 2013 Indie Awards
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THE NOVELS OF LARRY BROOKS
“Psychological thrillers with a dark, edgy take on relationships.”
Currently available on Kindle (click on titles):
(the USA Today Bestseller; read the Publishers Weekly review HERE)
(Read the Publishers Weekly review on the Amazon.com page HERE)
(Publishers Weekly starred review, Best Books of 2004)
(the sequel to Bait and Switch; read the PW review HERE;
read the Kirkus review HERE)
(Winner, Best Thriller, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2010;
read the Kirkus review HERE)
Here are the covers from the original Penguin Putnam/Onyx/Signet editions: