Raves for “Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing”

Here’s what other authors and writing teachers are saying…

“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

“Nobody on the planet teaches story structure better than Larry Brooks.  Nobody.” — Randy Ingermanson, author of Writing Fiction for Dummies

“Save yourself years of fuzzy workshops and failed drafts. Here is Story revealed with clarity, inspiration and simplicity. A masterful guide to the novel!” — Kay Kenyon, author of Bright of the Sky

2 Responses to Raves for “Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing”

  1. Evonne M. Biggins

    Larry, I emailed this note to my online writing pals:

    Hey, everyone, yesterday I finished reading Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering / Mastering The 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing.
    WOW. I used up a highlighter, I’ve underlined sentences and pages, I’ve put in tabs, folded page corners, and now I’m typing all of the underlined sentences. Things don’t get interesting until about page 23, but I suggest that if you get it, read every single word. If you’ve taken C.J. Lyons’ plotting workshop, you’ll see a resemblance, but this is a whole book crammed with wonderful advice. It’s my Writing Bible; I’m gonna read it again starting today.

    I have stacks of How To Write books and can happily give them away now. !


  2. Diane

    I found your website due to this book. It’s amazing! I can’t write like a pantser, so this book is and will continue to be a great tool. I’ve read every book I can find on writing fiction, and this one beats most of them hands down! Thanks for putting story structure so succinctly.

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