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.
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.
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.
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.