Story Physics Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling Learn how to make your story soar In the physical world gravity force and other elements of physics govern your abilities and can be utilized to enhance your every movement In the world of writing

  • Title: Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling
  • Author: Larry Brooks
  • ISBN: 9781599636894
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Paperback
  • Learn how to make your story soar In the physical world, gravity, force, and other elements of physics govern your abilities and can be utilized to enhance your every movement In the world of writing, story physics can be harnessed in much the same way to make your novel or screenplay the best it can be In Story Physics, best selling author Larry Brooks introduces youLearn how to make your story soar In the physical world, gravity, force, and other elements of physics govern your abilities and can be utilized to enhance your every movement In the world of writing, story physics can be harnessed in much the same way to make your novel or screenplay the best it can be In Story Physics, best selling author Larry Brooks introduces you to six key literary forces that, when leveraged in just the right way, enable you to craft a story that s primed for success and publication.Inside Story Physics, you ll learn how to Understand and harness the six storytelling forces that are constantly at work in your fiction Transform your story idea into a dramatically compelling concept Optimize the choices you make in terms of character, conflict, subplot, subtext, and to render the best possible outcome These literary forces will elevate your story above the competition and help you avoid the rejection pile With Story Physics, you won t just give your story wings you ll teach it how to fly Larry Brooks speaks my kind of language about story Any writer, even those trucking in the world of nonfiction, will benefit from going deeper into the physics of storytelling as Brooks explains in these pages James Scott Bell, best selling author of Plot Structure Larry Brooks has done it again If you liked Story Engineering, I suspect you re going to love Story Physics, which dives even deeper into the essence of story Story Physics is an essential addition to every novelist s bookshelf Randy Ingermanson, author of Writing Fiction for Dummies

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    1. I think "story physics" is a potentially useful metaphor that is barely explored in this book at all, which is disappointing. There is plenty of repetition of "Story physics is what makes stories work!" and "Here is a story. It is working. Because story physics!" This is not particularly enlightening and a complete waste of your time.Probably the most useful part of the book is where he breaks down The Hunger Games according to his story physics rubric, since this forces him to discuss some thin [...]

    2. This is the wordiest, most pretentious writing book I have read in my entire life. Also, if you took out every italicised word, it would be about 200 pages shorter.

    3. This is a good companion book to Story Engineering. I really enjoyed it, and felt it help cement the principles the author has taught in the last book and the new ones in this one. The first book is A MUST, in my opinion, for all writers to read. I wish I had read it years ago. It's the best writing book I've read and really helped me hone my craft. This book built on that one, and helped me firm up the things I learned last time and helped me see how the story principles and physics apply to ac [...]

    4. I think you'll find this is a *badly written* book. Even many of the book's admirers complain about the author’s WRITING. Consider the irony: would you buy a book about WRITING, about which the number one complaint was the author’sWRITING?The complaints (based on a major bookseller's website) were about what most described as his “style.” This included such things as constant repetition (within the book itself, and in terms of content from other books by the author), constant self-promot [...]

    5. Italics are direct quotes from the book.Another must read by Larry, for any aspiring writer. I found myself getting through this one slowly, but only because I had to stop to get the ideas he inspired written down somewhere. He forces you face a few home truths about your own story idea, concept, premise or full blown draft, whatever stage of planning you may be in. He also accounts for those who don't plan, who can use his tips, either in a revisery manner or on a subconscious level.As others h [...]

    6. I was one of many anticipating the release of Story Phyics by Larry Brooks. I had bought Story Engineering, and found it to be immensely helpful in understanding the crieterial for establishing the structure of my novel. It gave me a clear understanding of the criteria required to satisfy readers and publishers. Story Physics is Larry's follow up book, but it is not an add-on. It takes the process of writing a novel further down the path of ensuring that expectations are met. Where Story Enginee [...]

    7. This was no where near as informative and inspiring as the first book, Story Engineering.This book references his first book many times, and mentions the 6 elements of story physics, but, I could not repeat them back to you for the life of me.This also uses chapter after chapter to let you know, that at the end of this book (Chapter 24), he goes into great detail breaking down The Hunger Games (Chapter 24), which while that may or may not do it for you, this should be about teaching the reader w [...]

    8. I recommend reading Story Engineering first which discusses the importance of structure in writing. Story Physics talks about what goes within that structure. I’ve found these two books extremely helpful. I’ve always let my stories flow from the characters and initial idea, and have often gotten stuck wondering what to write next or finding myself writing filler. These books help you develop a better process that will give you more focus and intention in writing your story. Optimally, you wa [...]

    9. This was one of the most disappointing writing craft books I've ever read. We are told over and over again about the importance of story physics, but never told in significant depth about them. We are also told about the importance of optimizing the six core competencies, but never shown how to optimize anything.There is a great deal of repetition in this book, but nearly always in generalities and almost never in specific actions writers can take. I have the feeling that the bulk of the book is [...]

    10. Another fantastic book on writing novels from Larry Brooks. I would say STORY PHYSICS is a step up in complexity from the preceding book, STORY ENGINEERING, and I could see someone who hasn't read ENGINEERING becoming confused, given that PHYSICS adds six new forces to the six core competencies discussed in ENGINEERING. All that said, if you read both books and take the time to really pay attention and learn what Brooks is discussing, there is a lot of great material to be had. The exploration o [...]

    11. This book delves deeper into the six elements of storytelling. I read this after Story Engineering and it really helped to implement all that I learned. It's an amazing craft book. With Story Physics and Story Engineering there is really no need for any other craft books in your writer's toolbox, IMHO.

    12. Eighty percent sizzle and twenty percent steak. Most of the text is devoted to WHY you should apply story physics rather than HOW to do so. I got so much more from his other book, Story Engineering. I highly recommend that one. This one, not so much.

    13. I read this book twice as I struggled with plotting my first novel. It gave me a deeper understanding of the process. I found it extremely helpful.

    14. REVIEW FROM FIRST READING, AUGUST 2014:Alan Watt (The 90-Day Novel) wrote, "Most books about writing novels miss the point. They tend to be technical and dispassionate, and are often written by blocked creatives who shed their imaginations in graduate school. The advice is not even benign-- it's actually counterproductive, because so many of these books are result-oriented ans actually pull you out of your imagination."Am not saying this book is a culprit of the above, but yeah, I found it techn [...]

    15. This could have been a useful 50-page booklet on the elements and structure that contribute to a compelling story. It contained a few pieces of advice that were new to me, and it offered a helpful new perspective on concepts I've seen before. Alas, the book runs over 200 pages, padded with repetition and time-wasting passages and far too many analogies for the act of writing a story. What good information it contains is presented in a confusing order, with frequent references to terms that don't [...]

    16. Another example of Brooks' genius for explaining his complete understanding of the underlying structure of story. Having read Story Engineering, I felt that book offered more information and advice I could immediately use to improve my writing at every stage. This book offers a more complete explanation about why engineering a story according to the four-part structure explained by Brooks (but invented by the earliest storytellers) works so perfectly. Thus if you still don't understand how to sp [...]

    17. Though he's changed the title, he's at it again beating the drum for a stunning compelling concept. It might be interesting to count how many times he kept repeating the words "story physics" as if it was any different from the previous "story engineering." And he seems unable to recognize that, say, Dan Brown with his Da Vinci Code, based on an idea he borrowed from a theological scholar, with a one-dimensional stick figure of a lead character replete with a gaggle of other one-dimensional char [...]

    18. Brooks does a fantastic job in both Story Engineering and Story Physics of laying down the essential building blocks to write a sellable story. You still have to make it a good story, but with a structure in place you're free to write without concern over missing some critical component. Brooks simply doesn't allow for that to happen. I've tried the seat of the pants method and ended up with several disasters. Great ideas that have turned to mush because I didn't understand the natural laws of s [...]

    19. As someone who loved the continually helpful Story Engineering, I was vastly disappointed by Story Physics. Brooks spent most of the book re-hashing structure. The time he did spend on "story physics" was usually wasted on vague sentences and over-developed metaphors. The analysis of story beats for two bestsellers was a little more helpful, but still focused more on structure than physics. After reading this book, I can name the six forces of story physics, but I can't tell you how to use them. [...]

    20. Yikes. What a waste of time. Even if you read it at 460 wpm in VoiceDream (this makes it a 3 hour waste of time).The author spends well over 1/3rd of the book trying to convince me I should use "story physics", but other than a short bullet list never really explains what that means, and keeps everything so vague that at 82% I still have no clue what the hell he's talking about. Illogically organized - keeps referring to Chapter 22, if you need to refer to it that often, put it before all the ch [...]

    21. Author Larry Brooks is a veteran author, with multiple thriller and screenplay credits to his name. He has also written other books on writing and runs a website dedicated to helping aspiring and newbie writers improve their stories. I have not read any of his other books. The present book deals primarily with story structure, but Brooks presents his ideas in such a haphazard, disorganized way, it's sometimes hard to understand what he's talking about. This is irritating at best, confusing at wo [...]

    22. The book offers a mountain of sound advice. Brooks asks the right kind of questions, which should lead any aspiring author down the road to writing a stronger book. However, I found his persistent stance on outlining overwrought. He does write that any way you get to a finished book, you get to an end product, but his way is the best way (outlining, planning, and planning). I'm not convinced his method is faster since either way, a writer is going to have to plan in whatever fashion his or her m [...]

    23. Too repetitive and too much of a hard-sell to be of much use. Most of the useful parts that I took notes on were the Story Engineering bits, which I understand consists of a separate book. I've just finished the book and I can't even remember what the six principles of story physics versus the six principles of story engineering (so thanks to another reviewer for listing them). I'd skip this and go straight for Story Engineering if I had to read one of Larry Brooks' books, or maybe browse throug [...]

    24. I loved Larry Brooks' original book, Story Engineering, and was looking forward to the publication of this book. But I can understand why Larry Brooks is not everyone's favourite. He has a tendency to be repetitive in hammering home his arguments, which can be a little irritating at times; and probably more so in this book than his original. However, the value of the content outweighs his somewhat over-zealous style. I'm sure there are some valuable points that any writer can take away from this [...]

    25. There seems to be conflicting reviews on this one, but I am on the side of those who loved it. This book helped me discover the reason that, in my own writing, I often write myself into a corner. Now I know why! And I know how to fix it - with the story physics outlined in this book.If you are a writer and you find you are really good at starting your books, but you never finish them, I think Story Physics can help you.Story Physics is available on .

    26. The book contains some handy concepts, but the author spends alot of time trying to sell the system. I would have been more satisfied if he just got to the point. Also I'm not particulary interested in reading the books he spends time analyzing in the later chapters. Overall, I'd still recommend it on the basis that I havn't yet found anything better on the subject, and it gives aspiring story writers something to think about.

    27. There's a lot of repetition in here from his first book. The strength and the reason it gets 4 stars instead of 3 is in the story analysis at the back of the book. If you only want to read one, read his first -Story Engineering. If you want to take it a tiny bit further, see some good analytics, then get this one too.

    28. Along with its predecessor Story Engineering, these two volumes are must-haves for any serious want-to-be published author. Right after I placed the online order for both books, I thought, Why did I just do that? I already own over 30 books on writing and how-to-write a novel. Truth is, I wish I'd known about and purchased these two first. Invaluable.

    29. Larry Brooks has done it again -- hit the nail on the head. And hit it. And hit it. If you don't get it, it's not Larry's fault. Read STORY ENGINEERING and STORY PHYSICS. What are you waiting for? Starting writing that novel!

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