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The Story Book - a writers' guide to story development, principles, problem resolution and marketing (The Story Series 1) [Kindle Edition]

David Baboulene
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Book Description

`Fantastic. A bible for writers.` Bookshelf

Author, scriptwriter, story consultant and Ph.D scholar of story theory, David Baboulene, helps you to understand what makes stories that grip. With invaluable new thinking on subtext plus insights on story success from:

Bob Gale: Legendary Hollywood scriptwriter and producer of the Back to the Future trilogy.

Lee Child: 16 million Jack Reacher novels sold in 43 countries and 29 languages.

Willy Russell: celebrated playwright and film maker of classics such as Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers...

John Sullivan: television comedy writing legend - Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends...

Simply a must-read for anyone wanting to understand how to turn ideas into stories that sell.

“Receiving a publishing deal was a dream turned reality, and The Story Book helped me obtain this achievement. A practical, yet engaging guide, every writer should read.

Here is what I have in my acknowledgment page: ‘David Baboulene—I did it and you’re a heck of a teacher!’ “ Kerri Cuevas — Author of Deadly Kisses.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1071 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamengine Media Ltd; First Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G093BM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Addition to a Writer's Bookshelf March 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Most writers think they must write subtext in order to deliver an underlying story. This is wrong... If the story is created using knowledge gaps, then the real story is received in subtext." David Baboulene, The Story Book.

Subtext, and how to generate it effectively within a story, forms the heart of The Story Book. Author David Baboulene is currently writing a Ph.D thesis on the theory that the more subtext a story contains the more satisfying the reader/audience finds it. If you haven't previously considered subtext as an important element of your storytelling, this book is a must-read.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Advice for Aspiring Writers April 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've not read many books on writing. To be honest, I have tried, but never managed to complete some of them. Some are too prescriptive, resulting in creative limitations, and many just state the bleeding obvious, much of which is common sense anyway! I find trawling the Internet for tips on writing much more useful.

Having said that, I've really enjoyed David's book. As he is completing a PhD in story theory, he includes in his book some research into the history of storytelling, and the psychology of the reader, which I found totally fascinating! Tips of the trade are gleaned from interviews with the big names of the publishing and film industries, including Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels; Bob Gales, scriptwriter for the Back to the Future trilogy; Willy Russell, the theatre legend who brought us Blood Brothers and Shirley Valentine, to name a few; and Stewart Ferris, MD of Summersdale, one of the leading UK independent publishers.

David's advice on writing is insightful without being too prescriptive, and he constantly gives useful examples from the movies, particularly from Back to the Future. His observations are grounded, realistic, and though the statistics quoted on success rates is a bit depressing, his final message is one we no doubt all subscribe to: write what you love; the structure, subtext, and everything else will come in time.

***originally reviewed on J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer***
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn how to make your stories work April 9, 2011
This is an excellent guide that shows how to make stories work. I have read a lot of books trying to understand how to improve my own writing and I love this book because the theories are intuitive and they seem right. In my humble opinion this book ranks alongside Rober McKee's Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting and Christopher Vogler's The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition as books everyone interested in story theory should own.
I wish I had this book when I wrote my first novel Call me Aphrodite because then I might have understood more of what I was trying to do. Still, who knows?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars know what the nail does and what the hammer does May 21, 2013
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Unless a book is a real stinker, I never write a review of a book I haven't finished reading. I haven't finished reading this book and I began it four months ago at least.

Like most fiction writers, I've been writing for years. I majored in Literature the whole deal. Despite writing more than 5 novels, my work never seemed to 'gel,' for want of a better word. Close kiddo, but no cigar. If I were to give myself a report card on my wrtiting it woud read "above expectations" on the various aspects, dialogue, charcter, description. My work was a collection of good parts the sum of which were less than the whole. It took me a long time to realize my biggest problem was plot and stucture. To make a long, oft told story short, I went to Amazon seeking the Holy Grail and somehow bumbled upon this book.

This book doesn't look glamourous. Never heard of this David dude. Reviews with phrases like "the history of storytelling," "the psychology of the reader," and "Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs," might tempt you to skip this one.

Oh you foolish, foolish writer. I plead with you to save yourself years of wandering around inside storys of your own creation that are almost, but not quite right. Sure, you could choose to burn time fiddling with dialogue or the descriptions and live the frustration of knowing your work falls short for reasons which are a mystery. Or, you could save yourself time and angst and just buy this book. This is the only writing book I've read that deals with mechanics of how to use literary techniques in your work, the only one that describes the important connection between reader expectation, story knowledge, and a plot that sings above and below the surface.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J Glow
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You need this book if you are an unpublished writer because chances are you are going to find concepts covered here that you have NEVER SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN ANY OTHER WRITING HOW-TO BOOK. Consider it your "Pocket MFA"!!

I have read dozens of writing how-to books over the last 20 years while trying to realize my dream of becoming published and 99% of them have been worthless in teaching me what I really want to know -- how to craft stories that have a watertight structure without feeling prescribed and how to build in layers of meaning and subplots to keep a reader hooked. If you have ever taken a creative writing class then you have probably had the experience of writing a lot of description and characterization and maybe even some lovely dialogue but somehow it seemed as if there was something lacking in terms of story. And if you are like me, no one in the class could tell you how to make it better -- not even the instructor.

If you can relate to the paragraph above, then this book really is for you. And if you have considered getting your MFA like I have, then I think this book could save you tens of thousands of dollars (or euros, pounds, yen, etc.)!

Hopefully by now I've raised a key question in your mind-- "How is this book so different from the others?" Well, this is an example of one of the concepts covered in the book: the knowledge gap. At this moment I have some privileged information about the book (because I've already read it) and I have provided you with some information, but not enough that you know the whole story. If I have done this correctly then you are going to read further to see what revelations I have in store for you. (Thanks, David!
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5.0 out of 5 stars While the ideas are basic and something that a good storyteller would...
Simple. If you want to write, or are writing or have written a book, read this book. It will open your eyes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rose Marcie
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative!
Not only did I find this book helpful, it was also a very entertaining read. Author David Baboulene has published a number of humorous novels and it shows in this one, even while... Read more
Published 10 months ago by nr1b
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If you're a beginning writer looking for your "process," this book may give it to you. I've read lots of others; this one's the standout.
Published 12 months ago by Blue Sky
5.0 out of 5 stars A story in a story.
Really great to read when starting to write stories. Universal aspects of story writing in films and other genres. It reads as a story!
Published 18 months ago by lucastro
4.0 out of 5 stars Insights I have found no where else
I bought this first for kindle -- I found it impossible for my old eyes to read the numerous charts and figures. Read more
Published 18 months ago by James L. Gillaspy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a handful of essentials for writers who care deeply about story
Baboulene unfolds the dynamics of story crafting as it relates to the human experience. Teaching the way he teaches shows us why great stories are great, and why commercial success... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Suzanna Stinnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Script writers, fiction writers, novelists, "armchair writers"....this...
Amazing...and I have read a LOT of books on how novels/fiction writing works...or should work. This is in my top 5. Probably my top 3. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Just My Opinion....
5.0 out of 5 stars A core book
This text was reccomended to me by an associate who teaches screenwriting at a major university. Definitely, it is one of the core half-dozen books that one should have on the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by John F. Sase
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Book
I just bought this book from Amazon last night, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best I've had the good luck to get ahold of--EVER! Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. Prothro
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally clear and pedagogical masterpiece
I have read way too many how-to-write books.
And maybe that is why this book connects with me; this book seems to magically put together those floating pieces of earlier... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Oistein Ihle (Personlig)
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