Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Story Physics by Larry Brooks
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. ~Goodreads
I've been a fan of Larry Brooks for a long time. I've read all of his books. I read his blog Storyfix. I've paid him to review my work in progress. But, I confess. I'm not sure I really understand what he's talking about throughout this book. He's calling us to write the best we can. Perhaps to not waste our time writing something that is doomed in the beginning at its very core. I'd like to write the next To Kill a Mockingbird or The DaVinci Code. Sure. Who wouldn't. But the chance of doing that is very unlikely. My goals are much lower.
I'll keep re-reading the book. I know the truth is there as Larry understands it. It's just difficult for me to get my head around.
If I understood everything, I'd give the book 5 stars. But I don't. I'll give it 4 stars for what I do understand.