Story Engineering

Story Engineering
by Larry Brooks

What makes a good story or a screenplay great?

The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin.

Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story–and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.

You’ll learn to wrap your head around the big pictures of storytelling at a professional level through a new approach that shows how to combine these six core competencies which include:

  • Four elemental competencies of concept, character, theme, and story structure (plot)
  • Two executional competencies of scene construction and writing voice

The true magic of storytelling happens when these six core competencies work together in perfect harmony. And the best part? Anyone can do it!


The story of engineering
by James Kip Finch


Story Physics
by Larry Brooks

Learn how to make your story soar!

In the physical world, gravity, force, and other elements of physics govern your abilities and can be utilized to enhance your every movement. In the world of writing, story physics can be harnessed in much the same way to make your novel or screenplay the best it can be. In Story Physics, best-selling author Larry Brooks introduces you to six key literary forces that, when leveraged in just the right way, enable you to craft a story that’s primed for success–and publication.

Inside Story Physics, you’ll learn how to:

  • Understand and harness the six storytelling forces that are constantly at work in your fiction.
  • Transform your story idea into a dramatically compelling concept.
  • Optimize the choices you make in terms of character, conflict, subplot, subtext, and more to render the best possible outcome.

These literary forces will elevate your story above the competition and help you avoid the rejection pile. With Story Physics, you won’t just give your story wings–you’ll teach it how to fly.

“Larry Brooks speaks my kind of language about story. Any writer, even those trucking in the world of nonfiction, will benefit from going deeper into the physics of storytelling as Brooks explains in these pages.” – James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Plot & Structure

“Larry Brooks has done it again! If you liked Story Engineering, I suspect you’re going to love Story Physics, which dives even deeper into the essence of story. Story Physics is an essential addition to every novelist’s bookshelf.” – Randy Ingermanson, author of Writing Fiction for Dummies


Engineering Eden
by Jordan Fisher Smith

The fascinating story of a trial that opened a window onto the century-long battle to control nature in the national parks. 

When twenty-five-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimony would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry’s death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place.  

In this remarkable excavation of American environmental history, nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses Harry Walker’s story to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. Tracing a course from the founding of the national parks through the tangled twentieth-century growth of the conservationist movement, Smith gives the lie to the portrayal of national parks as Edenic wonderlands unspoiled until the arrival of Europeans, and shows how virtually every attempt to manage nature in the parks has only created cascading effects that require even more management. Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier national parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem–that the idea of what is “wild” dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it.    

In the tradition of John McPhee’s The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick’s Out of Eden, Jordan Fisher Smith has produced a powerful work of popular science and environmental history, grappling with critical issues that we have even now yet to resolve.


Rosie Revere, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty

New York Times Bestseller

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit.

From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion. Ada Twist, Scientist, the companion picture book featuring the next kid from Iggy Peck’s class, is available in September 2016.!–?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /–

Praise for Rosie Revere, Engineer“Comically detailed mixed-media illustrations that keep the mood light and emphasize Rosie’s creativity at every turn.”—Publishers Weekly

“The detritus of Rosie’s collections is fascinating, from broken dolls and stuffed animals to nails, tools, pencils, old lamps and possibly an erector set. And cheddar-cheese spray.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. She’s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions.”
Booklist

Award
2013 Parents’ Choice Award – GOLD
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List
ReadBoston’s Best Read Aloud Book
 


Porsche
by Jeff Daniels

When you say Porsche, you say 911 – don’t you? Yet the 911 itself is not a car, but a designation covering a range of cars back to the 1960s – a range which has evolved, and which its customers refused to let die, despite the engineering drawbacks of its layout.

Inevitably, this book is partly devoted to the way in which generations of engineers have worked at overcoming those drawbacks. But it is also about a wealth of other engineering programmes, some of which made it to production and others which, for various intriguing reasons, didn’t.

From the still-born Volkswagen EA266, through the ill-starred 914 and the front engined 924 and 928, to the modern Cayenne, and much else besides – it is all discussed here.

Over the years, Porsche has developed a reputation for technical innovation and for using cutting-edge technology in its road cars. This book travels chronologically through Porsche’s technical history with each chapter starting with a crucial point in the company’s evolution.

From Dr. Porsche’s preparation of high-powered prototype Beetles for competition purposes, to the technology incorporated in the latest Cayenne and Carrera GT models, as well as the latest 2005-model 911, the reader is taken on a fascinating journey through the Porsche archives, revealing many previously unknown behind-the-scenes details of the company’s engineering story.


The Thread of Life
by Susan Aldridge

Susan Aldridge gives an accessible guide to the world of DNA and also explores the applications of genetic engineering in biotechnology. She takes the reader, step by step, through the fascinating study of molecular biology, examining DNA and its function within living organisms as well as aspects of genetic engineering and its applications to humans. Aldridge also looks at the wider world of biotechnology and how genetic engineering can be applied to such problems as producing vegetarian cheese or cleaning up the environment.’A wellpaced, elegant and imaginative ride through the story of genes and genetic engineering.’ Focus Magazine’Susan Aldridge has written a fine book. It can be confidently recommended both to students and scientists in other fields, and to general readers …’ Science Spectra

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Eight Amazing Engineering Stories
by Bill Hammack, Patrick Ryan, Nick Ziech

Eight Amazing Engineering Stories reveals the stories behind how engineers use specific elements to create the material world around us. In eight chapters, the EngineerGuy team exposes the magnificence of the innovation and engineering of digital camera imagers, tiny accelerometers, atomic clocks, enriched uranium, batteries, microwave ovens, lasers, and anodized metals. In addition, short primers cover the scientific principles underlying the engineering, including waves, nuclear structure, and electronic transitions. “In Depth” sections cover entropy, semiconductors, and the mathematics of capacitors. Eight Amazing Engineering Stories forms the basis of the fourth series of EngineerGuy videos found on-line.

Kwame’s Sound
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Deep in the rainforest of Ghana, young Kwame follows his father’s footsteps. His father is an acoustical engineer working with research biologists who use sound to track elephants’ movements. Kwame, who is blind, journeys with his father to check the technology used to record the varied sounds of elephant life. When Kwame “sees” how these elephant sounds are represented, he gets an idea that will help him solve his own problem: communicating his original drumming rhythm to his cousin in a far off village. Will Kwame be able to represent his rhythm so that he and his cousin can drum “as one” at the upcoming festival?

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