Book Review – Story Fix by Larry Brooks

Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to BrilliantStory Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant by Larry Brooks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Review – Story Fix by Larry Brooks
Story Fix by Larry Brooks is a non-fiction writing guide to help you wrangle your novels into shape, therefore making them publishable.

The Cover: The cover is a fit with non-fiction, but it is the title (and subtitle) that clearly define what this book is about.

The Bad Stuff: I had to think hard to come up with something to say here. For me, and I would say this is purely personal preference, I think there were one or two analogies too many. While they made valid points, I would have found this a better read without some of them, as I could have gotten to the juicy parts faster.

The Good Stuff: I loved this book. For a writers guide covering structure, story shortcomings and the pitfalls that writers can fall into, this is one of the best I have read. It has solid advice and puts the writing process into a perspective that makes perfect sense. This book tells you what you need to know to be a successful writer. I have been writing for some years now, but nobody has ever sat down and explained things to me quite like this. I have pieced parts of this together over the years from many different sources and still fell short of the level of detail provided here. Great work Larry, you have produced an excellent resource for writers.

Overall, I wish I had found this book when I started out writing. It provides great insights into how you should present your work, how to find problems in your manuscript and how to fix them. I would recommend this to all writers, whatever your level of experience. I’m giving this one a page turning 5 out of 5 golden bookmarks (with a little smiley face stamp on the side).

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Allan Walsh writes Fantasy and Horror. If you’re looking for something new to read in these genres, why not check out his books here.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – Story Fix by Larry Brooks

  1. I am re-reading this book myself right now. So many books on the writing craft reel off a long laundry list of ‘don’t’s. But Larry’s book gives you a checklist of 12 things to ‘do’, and do in logical order, starting with concept, then onto premise, then so on down the list. Since reading his book I’ve started a ‘fix’ on a number of my projects I thought needed something, but didn’t know what. I now have a much better idea of the ‘fixes’ I need.

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