Story Physics

Story Physics

Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling

Book - 2013
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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 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 more 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

Publisher: Cincinnati, OH : Writer's Digest Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781599636894
Branch Call Number: 808.3 BRO
Characteristics: 247 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Apr 20, 2017

It isn't that I disagree with anything he says. I too had read quite a bit from his website back in the day, before it was full of popups and other "monitizing" irritations and I think he's read some good source material and knows some stuff.

However, he is the MUDDIEST writer in these craft books the library system owns. He'll invent a term, and he won't define it at first. A chapter later, he begins to finally define it in the first sentence in a paragraph, but then he jumps off that track and tries a metaphor and then the third sentence is yet a different metaphor and then he'll say "it's not quite like this other thing I haven't defined either" and the last sentence might reference a published book or movie, but as you have no bloody idea WTF he means by the term yet, that isn't helpful either!

I'm sure they're all standard craft ideas, but even knowing the craft as I do and all the standard terms, I had a hard time identifying which ones he was renaming (for gods know what reasons anyway. Dude, just use the standard terms!)

It certainly is not an advertisement for his novels either. I assume they're full of dialog I can't attribute, jumps in perspective and time shifts that aren't cued, based on this. I taught college writing, and honestly, I'd make him repeat English 101/Composition with the writing in this book and keep making him read up on unity, coherence, and defining/categorizing until he got it all through his skull.

So turn on your pop-up blocker and try his website instead. Maybe you'll find something of use there. Or even better, buy used copies of Save the Cat and Jack Bickham's out of print Scene and Structure. They state matters clearly and you'll learn a lot more in half the time.

Dec 19, 2015

Ugh. This was supremely disappointing. I found the author's website and read a few of his articles on crafting a story; it seemed promising. His shtick is taking an idea and working it through to a complete concept that will form the basis of your story - but you need to get the book to figure out the method. Well, I got the book but do not feel any further ahead. The first 3.5 chapters give several dozen different iterations of why you need "story physics" to have your writing work, finally partway through the fourth chapter he tells you what story physics are (sort of - still a nebulous definition). I jumped ahead to part 2 to see if there was practical advice in implementing/recognizing what "story physics" are in your writing, but really couldn't see it. The third part of the book was his analysis of several best-sellers, telling you repeatedly that they have "story physics." I felt so snarky about the first two parts of the book I couldn't be bothered to spend any real time with the third, but I highly doubt it redeemed itself at all. This book felt gimmicky and unclear, his ideas are ill-defined and circular, and I'm angry this was allowed to be published.

Sep 02, 2014

If you are writing and you are off course and can't figure out why the story is not working, or you just can't pull it all together, or you have an idea that is just not panning out - here is the book for you. It is a bit hard to read, but it packs some powerful help.

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