Story Engineering

Tomorrow I will have the house to myself. Say what?! No husband to interrupt your random story plotting? No kids pelting the dog’s toy at each other’s head? I know, right? How’d I get so lucky? I feel like there has been some kind of divine intervention. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family. I love being a mom. But this chick is going to enjoy every minute of peace and quiet while it lasts. 

For part of the morning, while they are baking under the sun, trying to catch fish, I will re-read through part of the book by Larry Brooks called Story Engineering – Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing. I want to spend some time going back over the second core competency – character. There are many books about writing – from dialogue, show don’t tell, character arcs, and the list goes on, and on, and on… I have a small bookcase dedicated to these books. I consider them as my arsenal. I like going back to read some of them, especially the ones that resonated with me personally. This is one of those books. So, if you’re looking for a book to read about crafting your story, I’d definitely recommend this one.

One of my weaknesses is that I focus so much on the storytelling and the world-building that sometimes my character arc isn’t where it needs to be. So that’s usually where I have to go back and add to my story to where others can see the development of the character through his/her actions and thoughts.

I’m not an expert on any of it, but as a fellow dreamer, I am sharing what I found helpful in the hopes it will help someone else. I’m at a point in my life that I can really focus on my writing and creativity. A big part of me wants to put stories on paper that kids can get lost in. As I did when I was that age. Better to try and fail than to never try at all. If you’re a dreamer, a writer, an optimist, then I wish you all of the success in the world.




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