Writing Lesson 3.2-Story Engineering

I’ve referred in past posts to Larry Brooks’ excellent book, Story Engineering.

As I read this book the principles of plotting finally clicked–probably because Larry explains them in architectural terms, and I am a building designer by trade. Suddenly both the rules and the reasons for them became clear, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Winners of this year’s NOVELWritingSite Writing Contest received gift copies of this book. Many of my posts this year will deal with skills I learned from this book. If you haven’t guessed by now, I highly recommend THIS BOOK! Find it in paperback or ebook from Amazon HERE.

Larry also writes a most informative blog, Storyfix, and I’m a fan of that, too. So are a lot of other folks, apparently, because Storyfix was the #1 Best Blog for Writers this year!  Today I’m honored to guest post over at Storyfix and talk a bit about how writing, like architecture, blends art with the science of structure. You can also read a snippet of historical fiction I wrote about what can happen when we ignore the rules of structure. Click HERE to check it out!

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I’m supremely psyched about the skills I’ll be introducing this year as well as the ones coming in from our other contributors. We’ll have some new faces, too, so be sure to register, subscribe to RSS feed, add us to Google Reader on your iGoogle homepage, or whatever you need to do to make sure you join us every Friday. Writing prompts and exercises will start next week!

In the meantime, if there are specific writing skills you’d like to work on, we’re always open to ideas and suggestions. Please leave a comment!

About Lynn Dean

Lynn Dean dictated her first story before she could write and continued to write stories, illustrate them, and bind them into books throughout childhood. As a homeschooling mom, she enjoyed passing a love for writing to her own children and ten years of co-op students.

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