Writing the Story Within: A Dynamic Creative Journey

Writing the Story Within: A Dynamic Creative Journey

by Chip Richards



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738743158
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 05/08/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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 life—on the page, the screen… and beyond.

So many of us have powerful and meaningful stories to tell—tales 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

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