What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But... show more
What makes a good story or a screenplay great? The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts. You'll learn to wrap your head around the big pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include:Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot) Two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!
Publish date: February 24th 2011
Publisher: Writers Digest
Pages no: 278
Edition language: English
This book hovers on the brink between 4 and 5 stars for me. In the end, it gets five, if only because it contained so much useful information and analysis that I hadn't before seen written in such a clear, concise manner. The section on story structure, the largest section of the book, is itself wo...
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with this book. I think it's a good book with an excellent plan for writing a story. I buy into the concept; it's logical, solid, and documented. I'll be using the method in my writing from this point forward and going back to the book as a resource. When Mr. ...
Gave up on this one at 11%. Too much waffle, too little time. Wouldn't recommend.
We were always told in English Lit. that good writing isn't something you can be taught, its just an innate skill, a gift, a calling. They'd tell you the same thing in art class, but I'm pretty sure they still explained about the basics of light and shading. In english class I can't even recall be...
Part Five - Story Structure is a big chunk of the book and was very helpful to me, as was the scene checklist. I didn't find much of the rest that useful. Also, I read this first on Kindle, and it didn't seem to take; had to see it in print (and write on the pages) to get it. Unfortunately, you do s...
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