An empowering nine-part writing journey for transforming your ideas and experiences into magnetically engaging stories. Whether your vision is to write a novel, feature film, children's book, or travel blog, Writing the Story Within will help you move beyond self-doubt, procrastination, and judgment to clearly express your true creative voice.
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About the Author
An internationally published author, screenwriter and creative guide, Chip Richard’s writing career spans the mediums of feature film, fiction, poetry and journalism. Chip made his mainstream screenwriting debut as the writer of the critically acclaimed feature film, 'One Perfect Day', and spent three years as head writer for Lightstream Pictures in the USA, facilitating an international team of writers, animators and storyboard artists. Chip is a regular contributor to Living Now magazine in Australia, and works in a creative consulting capacity with authors and projects ranging from novels and children’s books to documentary film.
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Writing the Story Within : an empowering writing journey to transform your ideas and experiences into magnetically engaging stories. Whether your vision is to write a novel, feature film, children's book or travel blog… Writing the Story Within will help you move beyond self-doubt, procrastination and judgment to fully express your true creative voice, and guide you to:
- Discover a story form used by master storytellers through the ages, from ancient Greece to modern cinema.
- Create characters with real pulses that write themselves onto the page.
- Capture descriptions and dialogue that draw readers into a heartfelt experience of your world.
- Cultivate a disciplined writing practice that frees your expression and brings you closer to your creative Source.
- Expand your connection to the stories that you both write and live.
- Express your creative visions with a structure that brings your stories to lifeon the page, the screen… and beyond.
So many of us have powerful and meaningful stories to telltales that have the potential to weave new possibilities into the fabric of reality and truly change our world.
Writing the Story Within
offers unique insights and groundbreaking techniques to help bring those very stories onto the page. Dare to embark on a journey into the heart of the writing craft… A quest to harvest the magic of the stories that are ready to come through you.
If not now, when? If not you, then who? Now is the time.
"Writing the Story Within is a wonderfully enjoyable, dynamic book by a man of talent and huge heart. It's a consciously creative and practical manual that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a way to harness and hone the wisdom of their life's experience and share it with others."Brandon Bays, Bestselling author of The Journey "Any aspiring writer who wants to use their experience to produce engaging stories in any format, whether they be a novel, children's book, travel blog or short saga, will find Writing the Story Within an important key to tapping the untold riches of one's life and creating characters and descriptions that nearly write themselves. From expanding connections to stories that reflect one's life and beliefs to creatively honing a structure that moves beyond written word to bring these tales to screen, this is an outstanding writer's guide that gets to the point of exactly how to make the leap between experience and written word, and is highly recommended for any would-be writer who has a story to tell."Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch
Table of Contents
Foreword James Twyman 7
Introduction: The Power of Story 9
Chapter 1 Prelude to the Journey 13
How to Experience this Book 15
Honoring a Master… and the Hero Within 17
Keeping it Real & Getting on the Page 19
Part for Story… Part for Life… Part for the Writer Within 21
Chapter 2 Your Opening Image 23
Why We Write 25
Why We Don't Write 29
Starting Where You Are 33
Starting at the End: Your Heart-based Intention 39
Starting at the Beginning: Your Opening Image 43
Chapter 3 Hearing Your Call to Adventure 49
The Mythic Story of You 51
The Nature of Desire 56
The Nature of Resistance 60
The Nature of Conflict 63
Finding Your Unique Voice 67
Chapter 4 Stepping on the Path 71
From the Ordinary to Extraordinary 73
Looking for Dolphins, Discovering Your Muse 80
The Balance of Character and Plot 84
Starting with a Plan… and Trusting the River 88
Finding Your Unique View 93
Chapter 5 Your Point of True Commitment 97
The Power of YES 99
The Power of WHY 107
The Power of Detail 115
The Power of Point of View 118
Chapter 6 Your Innermost Cave 123
The Gift of Shadows 125
Show, Don't Tell 133
The Hourglass of Focus 139
Going there Emotionally 143
Who Am I… Really? 148
Chapter 7 Crossing Back - Your Journey Home 155
The Power of Decisions 157
When Bad is Good 167
When Less is More 171
When Yin Meets Yang 175
When Heroes Speak 180
Chapter 8 Your Story Climax 191
The Hero's Return 193
Consciousness of Character 200
Crafting the Scene 209
The Balance of Writing and Life 221
Chapter 9 Your Closing Image 227
Coming Full Circle (Closing Your Story and Opening Your Path) 229
The One Liner (Saying it all in one sentence) 236
The Nine Beats (Saying it all in nine moments) 242
The Three Pager (Fleshing the beats into a Treatment) 246
Chapter 10 Begin Again 249
Produce Every Day 251
Create and Deliver (a.k.a. Putting Yourself Out There) 255
Remembering the Way of Miracles 263
Recommended Reading 271
About the Author 272
Also Available in this Series 273