Ebooks By Larry Brooks

Novel Writing Tips and Fundamentals by Larry Brooks

Larry Brooks, the author of four critically-acclaimed bestsellers, has consolidated principles from his professional writing workshops into four ebooks below: “Get Your Bad Self Published”, “The Three Dimensions of Character: Going Deep and Wide To Develop Compelling Heroes and Villains, “101 Slightly Unpredictable Tips for Novelists and Screenwriters” and “Story Structure – Demystified:


In “Get Your Bad Self Published” You’ll learn…

  • How and where to land an agent.
  • What publishers are really looking for today.
  • Why most books, including really good ones, get rejected, and how to not go there.
  • The Dirty Little Secret that will set your book apart from the crowd.
  • How to adopt and leverage a publishing mindset.
  • How to master the selling tools required to get your work published.
  • How to know when your book is really ready.
  • Why bestsellers are different.
  • The Biggest Mistake new writers make, and how to avoid making it, too.
  • How to craft a powerful pitch, a killer query letter and a spectacular synopsis…
  • … using real-life examples as a model.
  • … and a whole lot more.

This is a book for serious writers with serious intentions. It’s not a listing of agents and publishers; there are plenty of those resources out there. Rather, this is a book about enlightenment. About working smart. About leveraging what published writers already know and the vast majority of new writers don’t.

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The Three Dimensions of Character will introduce you to…

  • …the subtle but critical difference between character and story.
  • …the different parameters of characterization for heroes and villains, also and for peripheral players.
  • …the three definitions of the word “character,” and how getting them wrong can derail your entire story and even your career.
  • …the seven variables that define and show your character to the reader, with examples and a warning about how to avoid too much characterization at the sacrifice of pacing and reader interest. We’ve all read that novel.
  • …the six sequential character archetypes that parallel and empower plot structure.
  • …the nature and importance of backstory in characterization.
  • …how to implement the all-important realm of inner conflict in both heroes and villains.
  • …the nature and nuance of character arc, and why your story won’t sell without it.
  • …how to fuse these elements into a seamless character narrative.
  • …the compelling essence of character that is a sum beyond all these parts.

Each topic is discussed and clarified through the use of examples from famous stories you’ve either read or seen in a theater, all presented with an informal and entertaining style.

The writer knows what you’re going through in your effort to develop killer characters. Not only has he been there and done that, he is there right with you as a working writer of novels, screenplays and a website that seeks to make sense of it all.

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and Villains



“Story Structure – Demystified

In “Story Structure – Demystified” you’ll learn…

…why structure is necessary, and how the lack of it will sabotage you.

…how to you use your understanding of story structure to plan your story ahead of time…or, if you’re an organic writer, how to use it to organize and empower your thinking so that you get it right the first time, rather than requiring multiple drafts to find it.

…the Big Picture of story structure, and how to understand and apply each of the specific elements within it.

…an in-depth look at the four major parts of a story.

…how to hook the reader early and keep them engaged and emotionally invested right to the end.

…how and when to imbue your characters with depth, complexity and nuance, and how to evolve your hero over the arc of the story.

…how and when to use foreshadowing, and why it works.

…how and when to launch your hero’s journey in the story.

…how to craft the most important moment in your story, and know where it goes.

…how to manage and achieve optimal pacing using story points, milestones, plot twists, lulls and pinch points.

…how to use context as a powerful and necessary dramatic tool.

…to understand what kind of scene to write for the part of the story in which it appears.

…how to juice your story through mission-driven story architecture.

…all about the most important elements of story, which are too often undervalued or misused, and sometimes even overlooked.

…how to fuse the essential six core competencies of storytelling into a dramatic sum that exceeds the parts.

…how to recognize old belief systems about storytelling that are no longer applicable in today’s literary marketplace.

…to apply and manipulate structural principles to the needs of your specific story.

…what agents and publishers expect in the way of structure, and how to avoid the common mistakes that result in rejection slips.

…and a whole lot more.

This book is 127 pages of densely-packed information, written in a lively style that might make your creative writing teacher change professions. But then, your creative writing teacher was a lit major, not a bestselling novelist.

This isn’t about old rules and formulaic storytelling. It’s about understanding and applying the proven principles of dramatic narrative to give readers an experience they’ll value and remember.

In other words…writing stories that work.

Which leads to writing stories that sell.

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“101 Slightly Unpredictable Tips for Novelists and Screenwriters”

Here are a few things this little book – which isn’t so little, actually… it’s over 32,000 words and 142 pages long – will show you:

  • Where and how to find fresh and original ideas…
  • How to stimulate your senses for an optimal writing environment…
  • The real yet too-often confused definition of story
  • How to create your U.S.P. as a writer…
  • The five things you should know about your story before you start…
  • How to make your work stand out in a slush pile crowd…
  • The most common fatal errors most new writers make…
  • What agents and publishers are really looking for…
  • The key to efficient and more effective story development…
  • Why bestsellers are bestsellers…
  • How to study and chart other stories…
  • Who sells their work, who doesn’t, and why…
  • The key to creating characters that editors love…
  • How to make your hero heroic…
  • What writers block really means, and how to get over it…
  • The most important thing about scene writing you’ll ever learn…
  • A roadmap to effective story architecture, and why this is essential…
  • The questions writers must ask and answer at all times…
  • The two magic pills of effective storytelling…
  • The Top Ten most important writing tips ever…

… and a long list of other ideas, tips, techniques, warnings, war stories, advice, and writing wisdom.

I wish someone had told me all this stuff back in the day.

One other thing you should know. This isn’t just a list of 101 ideas. It’s actually 101 little essays, in some cases more like 101 mini-training modules.

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