Story Engineering by Larry Brooks is a book I’ve been working on for some time now. So this “review” isn’t based on the completed read; however, I think I have been chipping away at it long enough to be able to give you some info on it.
If you’re interested in writing, this is a good book to have. It has lots of good info in it, but I do find that the author spends a lot of time repeating himself. Initially I was pouring over this book reading every single word, trying to soak it in, and progressing very slowly through it. As I continued reading, I realized I had just read that same piece not long before, but it was worded differently now.
To me this reads like a conglomerate of blog posts made into chapters. There is still great info in here, but I would recommend a little more skimming…it’s what I have started to do. But if there are parts that you find confusing, slow down and read more in-depth. One of those slightly different ways of explaining the same thing will likely hit the mark and you’ll understand it.
I’m a bit over halfway, had made a few highlights on my Kindle, and then promptly lost all of my highlights when I moved the book to my tablet. Luv me some technology. I might go back and skim the first half again to recover the highlights. As I said, there is good information in this book. But on my second time around, I’ll likely jot down the key pieces I want and hang onto the vastly shorter version of key points as they apply to me.