A fifth edition of my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of
Storytelling, is now available for $2.99 from
This edition offers new, unique tools for creating
vibrant story characters, how to outline a novel, and a guide to writing a novel, screenplay, or play, how to evaluate a manuscript, review a screenplay, and
tools to revise a novel; and my new essay, Storytelling and the Superconscious Mind.
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
This essay is now available in my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling.
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.
Premise and Mystery
A scene by scene review of The Usual Suspects that explores what makes this a great film.
What A Plot IS
This essay is available in my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The
Spirit of Storytelling.
Stories and Feelings
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