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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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46THE BEST WRITING ANALOGY I KNOW

In sports they say you can’t coach speed. When they draft otherwise equal football prospects, a tenth of a second in the forty-yard dash is the difference between a multimillion dollar first-round contract and an undrafted walk-on.

When you get to the more advanced levels of any game—and rest assured, if you’re trying to publish your work you are trying out for the major leagues—the best a coach can do in either case is to work on eliminating poor technique that hampers performance, allowing the athlete to make the most of his natural gifts of speed. If you aren’t already at a professional level of ability, they won’t even let you into the tryout.

Athleticism is a gift bestowed by DNA. It is a natural essence, ...

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