When I hit a wall during NaNoWriMo, I started reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. It helped me break through that wall and reach my goal for NaNoWriMo (more about that later). I purchased it several months ago, but never got around to reading it. Big mistake. This book is now at the top of my list of craft writing books that all writers must read. It is that good. I’ll be posting a review in the future. Here is an excerpt:
“Human beings bring only a handful of facial features to the blueprint of how we look—two eyes, two eyebrows, a nose, a mouth, a pair of cheekbones, and two ears, all pasted onto a somewhat ovular-to-round face. That particular blueprint doesn’t often vary much, either. Interestingly enough, this is about the same number of essential storytelling parts and milestones that each and every story needs to showcase in order to be successful.
Now, consider this: With only these eleven variables to work with, ask yourself how often you see two people who look exactly alike.Where we humans are concerned, the miracle of originality resides in the Creator, who applies an engineering-driven process—eleven variables—to an artistic outcome.”
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!