Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant

Story Fix Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant Reinvigorate Your Fiction You ve written the first draft of your novel or screenplay and you ve released it into the world to your critique group to your most trusted beta readers or even to an age

  • Title: Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant
  • Author: Larry Brooks Michael Hauge
  • ISBN: 9781599639116
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reinvigorate Your Fiction You ve written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you ve released it into the world to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor But something s wrong You re not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection Your story is getting a MehReinvigorate Your Fiction You ve written the first draft of your novel or screenplay, and you ve released it into the world to your critique group, to your most trusted beta readers, or even to an agent or an editor But something s wrong You re not getting the glowing response you had expected, or you might have even received a rejection Your story is getting a Meh when you had hoped for an Amazing But have no fear the piece you ve sweated and bled over isn t dead on arrival It just needs fixing.Story Fix is the answer to your revision needs With practical techniques from critically acclaimed author and story coach Larry Brooks, you will learn how to Develop a story fixing mind setNavigate the two essential realms of revision story and executionEvaluate your novel or screenplay against twelve crucial storytelling elements and essences.Strengthen your concept and premise.Punch up the dramatic tension, pacing, thematic weight, characterization, and .Align your story with proven structural principles.Filled with candid advice on the realities of the publishing world and helpful case studies of real authors who fixed their own stories, Story Fix isn t just about revision it s about resurrection Infuse your fiction with a much needed jolt of electricity, and bring it back to life Larry Brooks is a superb storyteller and teacher If anyone can fix your novel, it s him Put this one on your desk and read it often Robert Dugoni, 1 and New York Times best selling author of My Sister s Grave Story Fix is the ultimate writer s companion for taking any manuscript to the next level A staple for the beginner, a refresher for the pro Joe Moore, 1 and international best selling co author of The Blade and The Shield

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    1. 3 stars - less specific, and therefore less useful than Story Engineering: Character Development, Story Concept, Scene Construction.

    2. Five stars for Story Fix! I absolutely loved this author's previous craft books. Actually, they are the reason I got published. Bold statement, I know, but it's true. So when I heard he had a new craft book out, I could hardly wait to read it. In this little book of heaven, Larry Brooks walks you through possible reasons why your story failed. And then, he helps you to revise it in order to make it publishable. The really cool thing about this book is that it's set up like a private workshop, wh [...]

    3. Apart from more of Larry Brooks' trademark preaching to the choir (I bought your books on story architecture, dude, I know how important it is), it gave me 125 notes to add to my manual, so money well spent. He emphasizes like few others how vital it is to nail the concept and the premise instead of wasting hours upon hours giving CPR to a story that is weak on both. He is one of those writing teachers who follows a sort of four act structure, with the traditional second act split in two, yet us [...]

    4. There's some very useful stuff in here -- I imagine. I'm not actually writing a novel or concocting a full length story, but if / when I do I wouldn't mind rereading this and applying it. But, having not used it, I can only say that it sure sounds useful.This book looked like it might deliver better on the promise of Story Engineering. To me, engineering is more about taking ways that something doesn't work and fixing them so it always does. Making it work sometimes when things go right is one t [...]

    5. Don't read this book! It will create more competition for me. Please go to the beach and meditate and wait for your story to manifest from the voice from the collective consciousness of the cosmos.Okay? Kidding aside, when reading a Larry Brooks book I feel like I'm getting insider trading information as if I'm cheating on a test. For a moment, I don't wanna do a review. It's for selfish reasons so I relenteventually. My review will promote his book and thus lead to other writers, perhaps in my [...]

    6. JFC! Okay, your novel sucks either in the value of its story or in the execution of its story. This could have been a 40 page pamphlet were it not for the seemingly endless and gratuitous analogies.

    7. Author Larry Brooks shares his editorial skills for aspiring authors with candor. He sugar coats nothing.A quick read, it is another useful addition to any would-be writer’s toolkit.

    8. Good information rather superficially discussed. The first have is solid but the second half is almost entirely skippable (the part on 'is your book worth saving' is all blah-blah -- either you know your book sucks and should be tossed or no amount of reading his bloated discussion will help). The last part of case studies is padding. His actual writing isn't particularly clear either. He loves his bloated sentences and repeats the same extreme warning cases over and over again. I didn't mind gi [...]

    9. I found this pretty thought-provoking, despite the author's insistence on 12 terms that were not always well defined, and sometimes too overlapping. He leans heavily toward two broad ideas/terms, and many of the other potential problems are traced back, in some way, to these broad ones, so it would have been nice if I had been able to wrap my head around them sooner. The problem is he has 6 terms he calls "elements" and 6 he calls "essences," and they're paired in such a way that the difference [...]

    10. Larry Brooks' Story Fix was an interesting read, but there seemed little information here that could not be found elsewhere. What was enjoybable was his attempt to clearly define his terms, but as with all, or many, writing terms a hard, clear definition was occasionally hard to come by. This being said the book will be somewhat useful to new writers hoping to repair a book that doesn't quite hang together. More seasoned writers may not find much of use here. Rating 3 out of 5 stars. Mild Recomm [...]

    11. Book Review – Story Fix by Larry BrooksStory Fix by Larry Brooks is a non-fiction writing guide to help you wrangle your novels into shape, therefore making them publishable.The Cover: The cover is a fit with non-fiction, but it is the title (and subtitle) that clearly define what this book is about.The Bad Stuff: I had to think hard to come up with something to say here. For me, and I would say this is purely personal preference, I think there were one or two analogies too many. While they ma [...]

    12. So this is going to be an unpopular opinion because lots of writers swear by this book. But my verdict? There are better writing references out there. Brooks spends 80% of the book discussing a few sorta-defined buzzwords (premise, concept, story sensibility, etc) and not a lot of time on the “how?” of fixing your story. We get a lot of “as you are about to learn,” but I never found the “practical techniques” toted on the back of the book. Add too much repetition, a slightly condesce [...]

    13. This was a really good writing book that emphasizes structure and planning as the most important factors to writing fiction. Concept, premise, and more details were described in great detail, and how to analyze your writing to improve it. The text was not very encouraging, however, and basically said that most story ideas are faulty and will never make it to print. So, more discouraged then energized, I grit my teeth and decide if my writing will ever see the light of day. At least it will have [...]

    14. On occasion this book was a little bit repetitive, but it was so helpful! I've been trying to figure out for years how to fix one of my books, and this laid out exactly what I was doing wrong and what needed to change to get it right. I would recommend reading STORY ENGINEERING first, but this takes the concepts in that book even further.

    15. Though I usually write reviews for less well known books, look for “Astrology for Writers” in the upcoming weeks. This week I am going to review a Writer’s Digest book. I had the privilege of meeting the author at Willamette Writers Conference. He proved to be a dynamic speaker, and broke down the three act structure to digestible bite size pieces.This week I look at Larry Brooks “Story Fix, Transform your Novel from Broken to Brilliant.” This is a follow up book to his well know “St [...]

    16. Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Larry Brooks and his writing approach. Therefore, I'm predisposed to liking his writing books. But this effort withstands the extra scrutiny of trying to find fault with it just to prove I'm not biased toward his writing.Brooks' theories are controversial because of his adherence to a philosophy of writing that emphasizes story structure as the foundation of "good writing." What often gets overlooked is that he focuses almost entirely on fiction intended to be comm [...]

    17. Anyone who has written a novel would benefit from Larry Brooks book on how to make revisions to a novel that are on target. It is an excellent followup to his original book "Story Engineering." Writers don't need any other books on "how to write" after reading this one book. In fact my guess is that writers won't want to read other books because this one is organized, comprehensive, thorough, and effective. If you can buy only one book on writing, buy this one and keep it on your desktop. ALSO:I [...]

    18. When I started reading this I had written a first draft of 120,000 words. "Broken" pretty much described my novel (and also the way I felt about it). After reading Story Fix I have been able to repair my broken story and inject new life into it. Larry Brooks forces us to confront the brutal facts about our rejected "masterpieces" and causes us to pinpoint the reasons why they are just not marketable. At the same time he gives us new hope by reminding us of the essential ingredients required in a [...]

    19. This is the second Brooks's book, I read. I was disappointed introduction and I felt that this time, nothing new here, I will not reveal. I was wrong. Brooks has a deceptive style. Demanding patience. Just as repair books.I like to link the rhetoric of repair novel novels to religion. Although I do not believe in God, but I believe in Brooks's religion. In tne possibility of salvation the book, if you ask yourself (as an author) suitable penance.Tips Brooks mix in the head. Positively. You can d [...]

    20. I found the first part of this book helpful, especially the section on the checklist and clarifying testing the strength of your concept, premise, etc. and story execution. I've never seen anyone breakdown aspects of story for revision quite this way, and I thought he had some great insights. However, in the case studies, the author harped on one of the writers for confusing some industry terms (which seem to vary widely depending which story coach is using them). That condescension along with a [...]

    21. This is the BEST writing book I have EVER read.Larry Brooks is an extremely harsh man. If you can't handle brutal honesty, this is not the book for you. However, if you can take it, this book is a complete game changer. I just wish I'd read it sooner, because it gives you the tools not only to revise your book, but to work it before you even begin writing. If you listen to everything he says and match your book to his story criteria before you start writing, your book will be much better off. I [...]

    22. I was very harsh in my review of Brook's previous effort, Story Physics. Unlike that book, Story Fix provided understandable, actionable advice on how to improve story concept and premise.Brooks presents a set of twelve criteria, that when evaluated honestly, provides writers with a road map for revisions. I loved Save the Cat as a story creation tool, and Story Fix provides a great parallel viewpoint for revising.

    23. Contains a load of information, discusses premise verses concept. Compares super hero stories to regular stories like regular people do not mater. Says 'don't be episodic' then says 'the journey is the story'. (?)Mentions revision, features charts that explain a story structure. At the end shares how he aspires to help some people. At times insightful, at other times frustrating. Swears.

    24. Fucking brilliant. Every author should read and understand what's in here. It makes problems disappear and gives you workable, repeatable universal truths to work with. Good stories that get published all have certain things in common and Mr. Brooks can show you what they are.

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