A great story, well told, is always the goal of writers everywhere, and always the minimum threshold to break in. Breaking in is rarely an accident; and even more rarely, a product of luck. Authors can benefit from understanding what makes a great story great, and what differentiates one from another. We can never totally know what makes one story break out as a bestseller (other than an A-list author name, which really helps). However, we absolutely can break down, examine, and understand the essence of powerful storytelling on a commercial level — and apply that understanding to our work.
We all know that writers want to take their novel (or screenplay) to the next level. That’s why we have “The StoryFixer” Larry Brooks teaching the all-new webinar “From Good to Great: How to Apply the Principles of Story Physics to Craft the Best Fiction of Your Life” at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2013. It lasts 90 minutes. (All registrants will get a one-page synopsis critiqued by instructor Larry Brooks!)
ABOUT THE CRITIQUE
All registrants are invited to submit a short one page synopsis of their novel for critique. Submissions, limited to one page, should address the following elements:
- What is your STRATEGY for elevating your story to greatness? What is its “secret sauce” or differentiating quality that will move readers to swoon and recommend you?
- If your answer focuses on your IDEA/CONCEPT, please define it as a logline (a one-sentence description of the concept), as a lead-in to your one-page explanation.
- If you have more than one secret weapon (your concept, your hero, your writing voice, etc.), feel free to identify and defend. Sign up for the webinar here.
This level of critique is available regardless of where you are in the process — either a finished story, or a story under construction. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique and analysis by instructor Larry Brooks.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The difference between story structure and story physics
- How and why the “search for story” and the “execution of story” are different aspects of the overall process, and why shortcutting or blindly blending them makes the goal more difficult to reach
- How to use a “mission-driven” developmental approach to cut months (and even years!) off the process
- The need for a “secret sauce” in your story, and how to cook one up
- Put your pitch on steroids and make agents and editors say yes, or no, for the right reasons, by speaking their language
- How to recognize the attributes in a great story — turning each book you read and film you see into a clinic that will take your career higher, faster. Sign up for the webinar here.
Larry Brooks is a best-selling author of five thrillers, and the author of the writing book, Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing (2011, Writer’s Digest Books). His new book, Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling, will be published by Writers Digest Books in June 2013. His latest novel, Deadly Faux, will be published by Turner Publishing in October 2013, along with new editions of his entire backlist shortly after. He is also the creator of Storyfix.com, named by Writer’s Digest as one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” the last two years. He speaks frequently at writing conferences and offers story and manuscript review services.