A Story is a Promise

A Story 
is a Promise

Essays on the Craft of Writing

About the Author

a new, dynamic process for understanding stories
by Bill Johnson


A fifth edition of my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling, is now available for $2.99 from Amazon Kindle.

This new edition offers new, unique tools for creating vibrant story characters and recognizing some of the main flawed character types in novels: characters who are emotionally numb, stuck, or too wounded to act.

If you've ever been told your minor characters are more interesting than your main character, this workbook will give you the tools you need to transform your writing.

If you've found value on this site, please buy the book for yourself or as a gift for another writer.

The book is available on several other e-book formats--including Nook, Kobo, and Sony, and Smashwords. Smashwords has an affiliate program for those interested in earning a commission by selling my book.

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling is also available as a trade paperback from Amazon.

This process transports writers to a new sense of clarity about how the interaction of the elements of stories -- character, plot, theme, action, conflict, resolution -- create the effect of dramatic fulfillment for a story's audience.

"I love your essays--of all the articles, books, and tutorials I've read, these are the best as far as clarity and content. Thank you for providing such a wonderful resource."

(Pam Hoppers, cook@castle.com)

A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling is a journey of understanding into the craft of storytelling.

Each chapter of the workbook includes questions designed to help writers perceive how the different elements of a story intermesh.

The purpose of this workbook is not to replace other texts on writing, but to complement them, to add a deeper foundation of knowledge of the craft of writing.

Many editors have found the workbook an invaluable tool in helping them to help other writers learn the craft of storytelling.

A Story is a Promise: On DVD


On this one-hour DVD Bill Johnson reads from a number of well-known books and talks about several popular movies to take viewers into the heart of what a story is, a promise made to an audience, and a promise kept.

This DVD includes examples and diagrams (not available in the workbook) to help writers understand whether a sentence is dramatically suggestive, too obvious, or obscure. There are also diagrams that help explore the role of conflict in a story.

Cost: The DVD is available from CreateSpace, https://www.createspace.com/330248.

produced by:
Galaxy Productions, Inc
Digital Video, Editing & Duplication
www.viewgalaxy.com

A Story is a Promise on Audio Tape

A Story is a Promise is also now available as an audio tape for $7.99 (includes shipping in US). This 53 minute tape explores how popular stories like Saving Private Ryan, Rocky, Prince of Tides and The Velveteen Rabbit introduce and fulfill their promises.

Bill Johnson
2108 Buck St
West Linn, OR 97068

or use PayPay and this on-line order form.

You can listen to a sample of the audio tape using a RealAudio player. A Story is a Promise Audio Sample

A Story is a Promise is published by Blue Haven Publishing.

Email bjscript@teleport.com for details.

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