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A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling [Kindle Edition]

Bill Johnson
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling offers new writers a way to study and understand how popular novels, movies, and plays become successful.

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.

Deep Characterization explores what can happen when an authors creates characters who are an extension of the author's issues in life.

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). A new essay titled Storytelling and the Superconscious Mind offers insights rarely offered by others.

For writers considering self-publishing, it offers great insights into how to revise a manuscript to reach its full potential.

This is the book literary agents recommend to their authors.


Editorial Reviews

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I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I feel so indebted to Bill Johnson that I have to give him a review. I went to a big name film school for college and throughout the entire 4 years and thousands of dollars, I never learned more about storytelling then I did reading this 3 dollar kindle book. Bill Johnson really gives you the map to the maze. After 6 years of making movies, I had some idea on what made a story work and what didn't, but Bill Johnson really gives the theoretical groundwork to what makes a story resonate with an audience. Not only did the book corroborate some ideas that I already had but enriched them and gave me so much more to think about. Thank You Bill!

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From the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1845 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Haven; Fifth Edition edition (April 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V020N0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Bill Johnson August 19, 2011
By JAD
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I feel so indebted to Bill Johnson that I have to give him a review. I went to a big name film school for college and throughout the entire 4 years and thousands of dollars, I never learned more about storytelling then I did reading this 3 dollar kindle book. Bill Johnson really gives you the map to the maze. After 6 years of making movies, I had some idea on what made a story work and what didn't, but Bill Johnson really gives the theoretical groundwork to what makes a story resonate with an audience. Not only did the book corroborate some ideas that I already had but enriched them and gave me so much more to think about. Thank You Bill!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Johnson gets to the core of storytelling November 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valuable Resource For Writers February 11, 2013
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Wow! I've had this book (Kindle version) for some time and refer to it constantly because it has so much to offer. It's one of the few books I consider that really helped me understand what it takes to develop and write an effective and powerful story. Bill Johnson really knows how to lay it out and put it all into perspective by revealing the key elements and techniques that go into storytelling by using plenty of examples and literary references.

I only wish I'd read it before I started writing my first novel. But luckily, many things are fixable so that's what I did and it's made a big difference. Let's face it, it's a long and winding road to publication, but this is one tool you're going to need if you want to break through.

You simply can't go wrong with this book. It's a goldmine of important information you really need to know if you want to infuse your work with all the right stuff. Get it. It's all good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Skeleton Key to writing success December 7, 2012
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Okay, so it is true no book or class or seminar can "teach you how to write", however, what Bill Johnson's book does do is provide you some crucial weapons for the writer's arsenal.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Help January 22, 2012
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This is an excellent book. The author shows why some novels are page-turners, and why some are not. He talks about a novel's promise and premise, and how to make these work. I highly recommend this book to all new fiction writers - and to some not so new writers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to Any Storytellers library.. July 11, 2014
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A straightforward reminder for all Storytellers...
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More About the Author

Bill Johnson is author of A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling, a writing workbook. Bill's writing workbook reviews popular movies, novels and plays to explore principles.

His book helps writers learn how to write a novel or write a screenplay.

From an Amazon review: "You simply can't go wrong with this book. It's a goldmine of important information you really need to know if you want to infuse your work with all the right stuff. Get it. It's all good."

And, "I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I feel so indebted to Bill Johnson that I have to give him a review. I went to a big name film school for college and throughout the entire 4 years and thousands of dollars, I never learned more about storytelling then I did reading this 3 dollar kindle book. Bill Johnson really gives you the map to the maze."


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