This site offers writers of all levels and genres new ideas on the essential elements of storytelling:
creating dynamic characters...
identifying what's at stake in
and ensuring that both the plot and story lines converge into an emotionally fulfilling resolution.
Reviews of popular novels, plays, and screenplays highlight those aspects of storytelling essential for fulfilling a writer's promise to the reader.
The essays on this web site are part of my exploration of what it
is to both tell and enjoy a story. I welcome everyone who shares that
Notes on the Opening Page of Casual Vacancy
This essay reviews how J.K. Rowling sets her story into motion in her new novel.
Question, Answer, Question
This essay reviews the preface to Twilight, the popular novel by Stephenie Meyer. The process of engaging the attention of readers that I call question, answer, question is explored. I speak about this process on this video posted on YouTube.
Writing a Novel With a Stuck Main Character, Notes on The Kite Runner
An essay about how a popular novel was written with an emotionally stuck main character.
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Bill Johnson; all rights reserved. I welcome your comments and
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raised by my essays, for a response, write me at bjscript at teleport.com.