A fifth edition of my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of
Storytelling, is now available on Kindle for $2.99.
This new edition explores what happens when story characters are an extension of authors and suggests
techniques for authors to create characters with fully realized inner lives; characters who are dyanmic
and come off the page for readers. The book includes a section titled
Deep Characterization, and a
revision of A Story is a Promise, with an outline of The Lovely Bones and updated reviews
of films like Inception.
Index of Essays
essays by Bill Johnson
A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling is
now available from Amazon Kindle for $2.99.
Understanding What A Story Is *
An essay that explores the human need for stories.
Foundation Principles of Storytelling *
This essay discusses 15 principles I believe underlie the creation of a dramatic story.
My Percibiendo las bases en una narración essay is now available in Spanish, traducido al Español por Herlinda Martínez at Miracle Theatre/Teatro in Portland, Oregon
Understanding the Process of Storytelling *
The process of constructing a story from idea to premise to movement to plot to fulfillment.
What A Plot IS
Stories and Feelings
Insights on the relationship between a plot and a story.
An essay about how stories function as a journey of feelings for a
Movies As Healing Journeys
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This essay explores how movies can offer understanding of life's problems.
This article first appeared in
ScreenTalk, the International Magazine of