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A Story is a Promise
Bill Johnson's A Story 
is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling book cover
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 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.
Essays on the Craft of Writing

About the Author

Index of Essays


essays by Bill Johnson

A photo of Bill Johnson, author of A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling.
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.
Revised 12/27/98

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 story's audience.

Movies As Healing Journeys
This essay explores how movies can offer understanding of life's problems. This article first appeared in ScreenTalk, the International Magazine of Screenwriting.

Creating Mythic Characters

Notes on the movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

Narration in The Book Thief

by Bill Johnson

A review of the use of narration in the movie version of The Book Thief.

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