A Story Is A Promise
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A Story Is A Promise

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In A Story Is a Promise, Bill Johnson posits that a well-designed story "promises dramatic fulfillment of our needs." Too often, says Johnson, writers embark on projects without first identifying the dramatic issue that is at the heart of their story. These writers--novelists, playwrights, and, clearly closest to Johnson's heart, screenwriters--would do much better, and sa...more
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I actually read the 30th anniversary edition and yes, I got lots out of it, especially in the new section, but where the heck was the copy editor????

I really can't rate it because of the above. A shame. Not that I won't use the book...
Karen Azinger
An excellent book for learning about the importance of THEME in writing screenplays or books. I highly recommend this book by Bill Johnson.
This is a very focused book with one clear point to make, while applying the point to every aspect of storytelling and story writing. It really brought things into focus for me, regarding where I was missing the key to writing stories. I am eager to apply the guidance and structured analysis that this book provides to one of my story ideas and see if this helps me write an effective story.
The best screenwriting book you've never heard of - that's the way it was described to me by a UCLA instructor, and that's the way I describe it myself.
Don't miss a chance to see Bill Johnson if he's speaking at a screenwriting event ... he's a rare combination of brilliance and common sense.
Carina Burns
I haven't yet finished but a MUST read for any writer of any genre. Simple and it makes sense to me so that I remember his pointers. He aptly begins his book that I was lured into wanting more information.

Explains the promise that a story must make and fulfill. This is a key, valuable focusing device for writers, particularly novelists.

Amrita Skye
good book on the craft of structure
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