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

Bill Johnson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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In his highly acclaimed book A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, author Bill Johnson takes readers step by step through the process of fulfilling the promise a writer makes to a reader. In this revised edition, Johnson expands upon his earlier editions to include information on how writers can fully develop characters by exploring the depths of their own personal archetypes.

"If you were allowed to use only one book to guide your writing, that book must be Bill Johnson's A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling."  Elizabeth Lyon, author of Manuscript Makeover, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, and other books for writers.

"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." Mark Chapman, Amazon review.


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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: 1848 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: #474,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Bill Johnson August 19, 2011
By JAD
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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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2 of 2 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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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 This is a writer’s bible November 15, 2014
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Bill Johnson is a master at understanding the how and why of creating characters. In A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling Johnson seamlessly pulls together key aspects of story-telling – from premise to promise, dramatic moments and dramatic truths – he gives the reader the necessary techniques to bring their stories into full bloom. Whether you’re stuck on enhancing your dialogue, plot or conflict there is a chapter to aid you in your story creation, recovery, or rescue. And for me, someone who needs examples, he uses plenty of examples and literary references which were most helpful.
This is a writer’s bible, and should be read and re-read until your storytelling is perfection, and as soon as you actually think that, you need to read it again. Love this book.
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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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This book lays bare the essential aspects of storytelling. I've recently published a memoir, "Last Chance to be a Cowboy", but it was purely "by the seat of my pants", intuitive writing. If I had the good fortune of reading Bill Johnson's book first, I would have known how to structure my book in a way that would have pulled readers into my story and compelled them to keep reading.
I initially bought this book as an eBook, but came back to Amazon and bought the paperback, so I could more conveniently refer back in forth and highlight different parts.
I also am ordering another copy to send to my son, Sam, a naturally talented writer.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for storytellers and writers. So happy to have found it.
Published 11 days ago by Cary
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I agree with all the other 5-star comments. This is a book for everyone, but especially for storytellers who have gotten off track being "writers."
Published 1 month ago by JC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book to further any burgeoning author in his or her career.
Published 5 months ago by Big Bang
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable book for me.
This book was extremely useful to me. I have an idea for a story to be a screenplay and found his chapter on Plat, to be most helpfil.
Published 6 months ago by Mary H Eilts
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Amazing
Published 8 months ago by Book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite read in the world
An interesting take on storytelling. Not my favorite read in the world, but informative enough to consume my time while on the toilet.
Published 8 months ago by Shawn McKenzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice
Every writer needs to read this. This lays out the foundation to great writing. Even if you have had formal training in writing there will be big ideas and key concepts you can... Read more
Published 9 months ago by K. Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Bill Johnson I was expecting
I glanced through the book but did not read it. The pages available for preview did not reveal the occupation of the author. I was looking for books by Dr. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mona
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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."

Many new authors who struggle with storytelling are blamed for not understanding what they haven't been taught. A Story is a Promise offers a clear, deep understanding of the mechanics of storytelling.


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