A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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This new edition of Bill Johnson's writing workbook has three sections, each designed to help new and experienced authors alike to better understand the craft of storytelling. A Story is a Promise explores the mechanics of how a story transports an audience. It offers great advice about story structure to new authors and authors doing revisions. Deep Characterization explores what happens when story characters are an extension of authors. Any author who has been told their novel's minor characters were more interesting than a main character need to read this material. The Spirit of Storytelling suggests techniques for authors to create characters with fully realized inner lives; characters who are vibrant, dynamic, and resonate with readers. The book includes a detailed reviews of All the Light We Cannot See, Romeo and Juliet (the play), The Shawshank Redemption, and The Usual Suspects (movies). These reviews are meant to help writers understand the underlying process that creates popular stories. From author Carolyn J 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."

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When I was young, I was an intuitive writer. I once wrote nine plays in one year, including full lengths.

But my writing always hit a certain ceiling.

Then I took a class from story analyst David Morgan, who taught me that understanding storytelling was something that could be understood.

I've spent my life going down that road, gathering and sharing understanding.

I welcome you to join me, for as long as it suits you.

Bill

From the Inside Flap:

Foreword

Twenty-eight years making short films had convinced me I was well prepared to write a screenplay or a novel. I'd written, produced, and directed almost a hundred films for theatrical release, television, corporate presentations, documentaries, and education, receiving forty-four awards and a grant from the American Film Institute. Yet, as I struggled to write my first novel, I soon floundered and found myself lost in a maze without a map. What I hadn't grasped was how great the leap from a short film to a novel or feature length script.

I began to read everything I could find on writing novels and screen­plays, nearly eighty books altogether. Each focused on pieces of the larger picture, not the whole. All were filtered through the author's own unique perspective, each different enough from the others to create confusion. They wrote as though the essential principals of dramatic writing were too vast for anyone to cover in a single book. However, a handful did come close enough to convince me it was possible. I also had this nagging feeling there was a higher level to storytelling that none of them were discussing, and I sensed that if I didn't understand that, I wasn't going anywhere.

One night in March, 1995, while searching the Writer's Forum on AOL, I came across a series of postings that got my attention. They began, "I would like to open a discussion into story movement, what it is, and how to create it." I read them all, then read them again. Nothing I'd come across before had so clearly cut to the very essence of how to tell a story. Here was someone who understood that higher level for which I aspired and who knew how to teach it.

Though I'd never met him, I offered my help as an editor. Perhaps I could be a sounding board for his ideas, someone to raise questions. I was pleasantly surprised when he responded to my email by accepting my offer. It was the start of a lasting friendship that began my own journey into the heart of storytelling. It would change my writing life forever.

I'd read many a story but never fully understood what was behind the paint on the walls. It was clear that stories worked, but why did the writer choose a particular plot, or set of characters, or locale, or the individual words on the page for that matter? The beauty of what Bill does is contained in the series of steps he led me through, each building on the previous one, until I could see those principals in action in a story I was writing. He even taught me how to go about choosing the right dramatic words--no small feat. For the first time, things began to make sense and my writing began to steadily improve.

As time went by, Bill's personalized style of teaching was an inspiration. I was struck by the fact that this book was written in the same conversational style, one on one, as though Bill were talking to  me, anticipating my questions, even raising issues that stimulated my thinking about the story I was writing, or one that I planned to write. It was clear that from his years of teaching experience that he could anticipate the kinds of questions I might ask, and even anticipate why I asked them. I came to realize that Bill has a unique understanding of what a writer needs to know to become a storyteller and all of that is reflected in this book.

Now, whenever I'm in the midst of writing a story and am uncertain about where it's going or how to get there, this is the book I return to time and again for answers and inspiration.
                Lawrence Booth
                                                            Founder, Half Moon Bay
                                                                                           Film School

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