Great Stories Don't Write Themselves: Criteria-Driven Strategies for More Effective Fiction: With a foreword by Robert Dugoni, the New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave

Author:   Larry Brooks ,  Robert Dugoni
Publisher:   F&W Publications Inc
ISBN:  

9781440300851


Pages:   256
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Great Stories Don't Write Themselves: Criteria-Driven Strategies for More Effective Fiction: With a foreword by Robert Dugoni, the New York Times best-selling author of My Sister's Grave


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Just as patients in hospitals receive better care if checklists detailing who does what and when are used, and pilots determine the air-worthiness of an aircraft by consulting a pre-flight checklist, novelists can use criteria-driven checklists to ensure each piece of their story contributes to the premise thereby increasing the chance of a successful novel. Story is the exploration of something that has gone wrong and a lot has to go right during the telling of that story to render it a success. Yet one of the most common questions new writers ask professional writers is about how the author wrote their book, what was their process for storytelling (and from this we get plotters and pantsers)? But really the question should be about the general principles and nature of story - does every part of a story have what it needs to keep readers turning the pages (regardless of how the author got there)? Does every scene, every part of the story support the strategic narrative objective of providing new information a scene will inject in the story (the key principle of writing fiction)? In Great Stories Don't Write Themselves, Larry Brooks has developed a series of detailed checklists backed by tutorial content for novelists of every level and genre to refer to as they write regardless of which writing method they prefer. Beginning with the broadest part of story, the early checklists help writers to ensure that their book is based on a premise (aka plot) rather than an idea, or how you can elevate your idea into an actual premise where other story elements can be developed. Great Stories Don't Write Themselves gradually hones in on other story elements like hero empathy, dramatic tension, thematic richness, vicariousness of story, narrative strategy, scene construction, etc. each with their own checklists with specific, actionable items that ensure that key principle (providing information to move the story forward) occurs. AUTHOR: Larry Brooks is the best-selling author of six psychological thrillers (The Seventh Thunder, Bait and Switch, Deadly Faux, Pressure Points, Serpent's Dance, and Darkness Bound), in addition to his work as a freelance writer and writing instructor appearing both nationally and internationally. He is the author of three previous Writer's Digest books, Story Fix, Story Physics, and Story Engineering, and is the creator of Storyfix.com, one of the leading instructional writing sites on the Internet. His most recent novel is The Seventh Thunder.

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Author:   Larry Brooks ,  Robert Dugoni
Publisher:   F&W Publications Inc
Imprint:   Writer's Digest Books
ISBN:  

9781440300851


ISBN 10:   1440300852
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   31 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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An important addition to any writer's toolkit. --Jordan Rosenfeld, author of How to Write a Page-Turner Brilliant!...A must for every new writer's bookshelf! --Jane K. Cleland, two-time Agatha award-winning author of Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot and Mastering Plot Twists Brimming with all the common sense writers need in order to write uncommon stories. --K.M. Weiland, bestselling author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlinign Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs Larry Brooks has done it again! In Great Stories Don't Write Themselves, he delivers a clear, concise, easily-digestible roadmap to make our stories work. From the initial story seed to concept to a fully formed premise, he then walks us through each part of a four-part structure, with unwavering clarity. It's the prefect craft book to help aspiring writers turn their writing dreams into reality and an excellent refresher for seasoned novelists. --Sue Coletta, award-winning Indie crime writer of the Mayhem series


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Larry Brooks (Chandler, AZ) is the author of three Writer's Digest books including the bestselling Story Engineering. He is the creator of storyfix.com and is a leading writing instructor and mentor.

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