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The Newbie 101 Guide to How to Really Write A Novel or Screenplay

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Ask ten writers about what it takes to write a good novel or screenplay, chances are - in fact, this is almost a certainty - that you'll get ten different answers. Ask "how" you get there, and the diversity between those answers will become extraordinary and confusing. So much so that new writers might find themselves without an answer at all.

Some writers spend years, even decades, spinning their wheels relative to their understand of not only how to write a great story, but what a great story entails. This tutorial is designed to make that learning curve much more efficient by providing a clarified process for the journey itself.

Too often the writing discussion becomes about process. But that's an unwinnable debate because you can find case studies among bestsellers and A-list authors who bring wildly divergent processes to the writing table. That debate, though, is about the wrong things. lt is like driving across town in Los Angeles... the best route depends on time of day, the weather, the specificity of your destination, the level of stress you can handle, your priority on sight-seeing and "motoring" over an efficient route, the quality of your vehicle and the current proximity of street gangs, traffic cops and one's level of experience driving through chaos.

There has to be a better, clearer path for new writers to discover.

This tutorial discusses the elements, essences, priorities and criteria attached to successful stories, in context to the role of process in discovering and executing them. This isn't an argument for one process over the other, but rather, a manifesto on what any and every process is striving to achieve and create. Writing a novel or a screenplay is always a journey through four different phases, complicated by the fact that you can indeed jump around between them along the way. This tutorial brings clarity to this journey, all in context to the highest purpose of it.

Larry Brooks is the USA Today bestselling author of "Story Engineering" and "Story Physics," and the author of six critically-acclaimed thrillers. His website,, is among the most popular fiction craft sites, named by Writers Digest Magazine as one of the "101 Best Website for Writers" for the past five years.


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April 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Newbie 101 Guide to How to Really Write A Novel or Screenplay: A Manifesto on Process vs. Wandering in the Dark
Author(s): Larry Brooks
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