Cliffs Notes Page

@Mitch asked me in the last challenge for help in figuring out how to get his ideas into book format. Mitch has read Larry’s book on Story Engineering but still has questions about how to tackle the ideas in his head.

I understand what Mitch is saying. I have not written a book, but I will use Larry’s advice when I’m ready. As an exercise, I tried to remember all the different resources Larry has given over the years but I couldn’t.  Instead of constantly forgetting them, I decided to list the prime resources I feel will help folks like Mitch. Now we’ll have these all in one place so we won’t have to search for them again. I may add more if I remember anything I’ve forgotten:

  1. The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You’ll Ever See
  2. 8 Moments You Must Delvier To Your Readers
  3. Story Structure Poster
  4. Beat Sheet Explained
  5. Beat Sheet Template
  6. Story Structure & Beat Sheet Poster (8.5 x 11 inch)
  7. Story Structure & Beat Sheet Poster (8.5 x 14 inch)
  8. Find your story with What Ifs (and the comments)
  9. Study Screenwriting
  10. Structure Your Short Stories (This is good for CCC entries)

Print these items and put them into a binder. When you have a good story idea, use the above resources and polish that idea into a solid story.


8 Comments on “ Cliffs Notes Page”

  1. Awesome! Thanks, Shane! This is what I need to zero in on the main concepts Larry is getting at.
    I really appreciate your taking the time to post this!

  2. Cathy Miller says:

    Very cool-thanks, Shane!

  3. Hana Frank says:

    Thank you Shane – wonderful tips to have filed in one place. The poster is a great visual tool.

  4. Larry Brooks is the man. Really, he is. But in his article, Structure Your Short Stories, he states, “A short story needs a hero as much as a novel does.  And flowers do not make for good heroes.  It’s never about the flowers.”
    It’s always about the flowers!
    Actually, he’s right. I am learning so much from his website and deconstructions.

  5. Well I believe too – in you, Mitch.  And when you’re write, we’ll read.  Or something.

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