A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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by Bill Johnson
     
 

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A Story is a Promise offers a clear, concise look into the mechanics of how to tell a story and how a story engages and rewards the attention of an audience. Examples are used from popular books, movies, and plays, including a breakdown of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Usual Suspects, and The Lovely Bones.

The Spirit of Storytelling focuses on how

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A Story is a Promise offers a clear, concise look into the mechanics of how to tell a story and how a story engages and rewards the attention of an audience. Examples are used from popular books, movies, and plays, including a breakdown of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, The Usual Suspects, and The Lovely Bones.

The Spirit of Storytelling focuses on how writers can transcend their personal issues when they write and give their story character fully realized internal lives. A section of the book titled Deep Characterization helps authors to realize if they've slipped into personal storytelling (meant to transport the author) in place of telling a story to an audience (with the goal of transporting the audience).

The book is a great resource to help new writers understand the process of telling a story, how to make good choices for describing characters, and how to set up a plot.

The book also offers a resource to understand how and why popular novels became bestsellers.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon - Carolyn Rose
Bill's work made me take a longer look at what matters to readers - and what matters to me as a reader - at the emotional core. I feel my characters are deeper and more memorable because of what I learned.
Amazon - Nancy Hill
This book rises above the masses of books for writers promising to tell writers proven ways to write best sellers, snag an agent, land a contract, etc. It gets to the heart of why readers read books to begin with and what an author needs to do to honor his/her audience. I dare say it's a new way to look at the responsibilities of an author, which is, in itself, a novelty in the publishing world. While other writing books focus on how to fulfill a writer's dream of making it big, this book focuse

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011267826
Publisher:
Bill Johnson
Publication date:
04/09/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
298 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Bill Johnson is author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook, and web master of Essays on the Craft of Dramatic Writing, a site that explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular movies, books and plays (www.storyispromise.com). He's taught writing workshops around the U.S. He has read manuscript submissions for literary agents. His afterlife play, The Baggage Handler, was chosen as one of the best ten minute plays and published by Smith and Kraus. Bill is currently office manager for Willamette Writers, a Pacific Northwest non-profit writing group with 1,600 members.

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Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should be required reading for anyone who wishes to, or is in involved in, the pursuit of creating fiction. If only I had a college class with this book as the main text, I'd be far ahead of the game.