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

Literary Resources on the Web


Wikipedia, Screenwriter offers a good introduction to different aspects of screenwriting.

Screenwriters Resource Guide A well-rounded collection of articles about the craft of screenwriting.

Screenwriting Info/ offers some great info about the different steps and understanding needed to write a screenplay.

The Internet Movie Data Base offers information about movies, including capsule reviews, cast lists, and production notes.

The Screenwriter's Utopia is a great new site for screenwriters. It offers interviews, newsletters and up-to-date information. A great new resource for screenwriters.

The Writers Guild offers information about screenwriting and has a registration service for screenplays.

Final Draft is an industry standard for formatting program for writing screenplays.

Reddit is a site that collects and rates information about screenwriting.

Sundance Screenwriters Lab/ offers a workshop for independent screenwriters.

Literary Links

Willamette Writers is one of the largest writer's groups in Oregon, and their new web site offers a number of links to other writer's groups and organizations.

Writers on the Net offers tutoring, literary mentors, classes, writer's groups. A good site to connect with other writers.

Wikipedia, Writing offers an overview of the writing process, starting from an overview of what writing accomplishes.

Reddit on Writing offers links to articles on writing that are rated by their popularity.

Nanowrimo is an annual program with a national writing month, when writers who participate write a novel in a month.

Daily Writing Tips offers responses to questions about writing.

Novelists, Inc. is an organization composed of working novelists who have had at least two novels published. Organized to be a site that offers an opportunity for working novelists to meet and share information, the material on the site offers some great insights for all writers. Recommended to anyone working on a novel.

Absolute Write, Jenna Glatzer's web site, offers classes, marketing information, and forums for writers.

Writers Digest On-line offers articles on writing, information about the Writers Digest writing contests, and the Writers Digest Book Club.

The Creative Penn Joanna Penn offers interviews and articles about writing, marketing and self-publishing.

Movie Reviews

Rotten Tomatoes collects reviews of current movies and DVD rentals.

Internet Movie Data Base/ offers information about movies, including cast info and a search function that brings up info about a wide range of movies.

New York Times on Movies offers reviews and trailers for current movies.

Book Reviews

Sunday New York Times Book Reviews offers reviews of current novels.

NPR Book Reviews of current novels.

Wikipedia Overview of Book Reviews offers a discussion about book reviews.

Book Reviews from the Wall Street Journal.

Play Reviews

New York Times Theater Page offers reviews of current plays being performed in New York.

Theatre In Chicago reviews and listings of current productions.

New York Theatre Guide offers capsule reviews of theaters in New York.

Blogs on Writing

The Ultimate Fiction Writing Resource Guide, 43 worthwhile fiction-writing resources, including fiction prompts and exercises, short story and novel writing resources, and more.

Tumblr On Writing Blogs offers information about various blogs on writing.

Yahoo Listing for Creative Writing Blogs/.

Dummies on How to Write a Good Blog.

Advanced Fiction Writing Blog offers tips on writing by Randy Ingermanson - "the Snowflake Guy".

Blogs on Screenwriting

Written By, a blog created by the Writers Guild of America.

John August writes about screenwriting and offers links to sites of interest to screenwriters.

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