A Story is a Promise and The Spirit of Storytelling


Bill Johnson's A Story 
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Essays on the Craft of Writing
About the Author

A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling is now available from Amazon Kindle for $2.99, and also available on Smashwords for other ebook formats, including Nook, Sony, and Kobo.

Play reviews


by Bill Johnson

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Essays that review plays....


The Passion and Power of Love & Hate -- A Review of Romeo and Juliet.
A review of Shakespeare's play about tragic love.


The Iceman Cometh.
A review of Eugene O'Neill's play about pipe dreams.


'night, Mother.
Marsha Norman's brilliant play about a mother, a daughter, a suicide.

The Heidi Chronicles
A review of the play by Wendy Wasserstein.

Death of a Salesman
A review of the play by Arthur Miller.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

A review of the play by Edward Albee.

The Narrative Tension of Hamlet

An exploration of how this play by Shakespeare generates narrative tension for its main character.


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A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling (tm)

This workbook offers a new paradigm for understanding the process of creating stories. It guides writers to understand how a story functions as both a promise...and a promise kept. It offers a step by step process for using the promise concept to create dynamic, compelling stories, including Story Director, a method for outlining the key elements of a story in a way writers can test the dramatic value and strength of their story before they write it. For an outline of the workbook and more detail about ordering it, just clink on the link. Includes the full review of Romeo and Juliet.

Available on Amazon Kindle and trade paperback.

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Full copies of my reviews of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Iceman Cometh, and the Heidi Chronicles can now be downloaded from Smashwords, Mastering Story Structure, A guide for writing unforgettable plays. This workbook is available for Kindle, as an HTML file, and a PDF.
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