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A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling by [Johnson, Bill]
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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: 1849 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Haven; Fifth Edition edition (April 2, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004V020N0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This is one of those rare books that fundamentally shifted my paradigm. I'm not even a story writer; for me, it helped me better appreciate books and movies because now I am able to analyze and know WHY I did or didn't like a book or movie and then discuss it intelligently instead of basing my judgments on feelings alone. I am also now able to appreciate some aspects of movies and books...for example, the story telling, or the character development...while separating them from aspects I didn't care for...the way in which story was resolved (or perhaps the lack of resolution, or the fact that the movie continued for 30 minutes AFTER the story was resolved), for example...rather than just disregarding the whole thing because of one part I didn't like...which makes it a lot more enjoyable to go with a friend to a movie that maybe isn't to my taste.
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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 learn and start applying right away.

I am 100% sure this book upped my game a lot. This covers everything from manuscript work to creating full stories for your characters. I loved it!
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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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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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Very clearly written, A Story is a Promise explores the meaning of "premise," a central concept in fiction, that in the past I'd found difficult to define. A very helpful book for writers of all skill levels.
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