A Story is a Promise


Book cover of Bill Johnson's A Story 
is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling

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.

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 *
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.
Revised 12/27/98

What A Plot IS
Insights on the relationship between a plot and a story.

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.

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