Elizabeth Lyon, a true friend and

Monty Metawa, who understands much

This book is designed to guide writers toward a new understanding of the process of creating and writing dramatic stories.

Section One explores…

How a story functions like a promise

How to fulfill a story’s promise to its audience

Section Two explores how a story’s elements are designed, including…

Techniques to create a story premise Developing dynamic characters Creating a plot

Understanding what’s at stake in your story

The role of ideas in stories

The role of conflict in storytelling

Section Three offers essays that explore how to outline a story, including…

Examples of story lines and plot lines

Story Director™, a unique process of outlining a story

Section Four explores principles of storytelling through reviews of popular novels, screenplays, and plays.

Deep Characterization

This addition explores the difference between characters created to act out a story for an audience and characters created to act out a writer’s internal dramas. A story written for an audience is a promise to take that audience on a story journey; a story written for the writer’s own needs is a promise to transport him or her to the fulfillment of personal needs.

For example, some writers create stories out of a need to be acknowledged. Writers who are emotionally numb can create stories to experience deep feeling.

This new work is meant to help writers who have been ‘stuck’ at a certain level of storytelling without understanding why.

The Spirit of Storytelling

This new addition explores how writers can give their story characters fully realized, internal lives that do not revolve around an author’s needs and dramas. The goal is to help authors bring their character to life.

This section includes a new work, Storytelling and the Superconscious Mind.

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