This site offers writers new ideas on the essential elements of storytelling through reviews of popular novels, plays, and screenplays.
--Bill Johnson "I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I feel so indebted to Bill Johnson that I have to give him a review. I went to a big name film school for college and throughout the entire 4 years and thousands of dollars, I never learned more about storytelling then I did reading this 3 dollar kindle book. Bill Johnson really gives you the map to the maze. After 6 years of making movies, I had some idea on what made a story work and what didn't, but Bill Johnson really gives the theoretical groundwork to what makes a story resonate with an audience. Not only did the book corroborate some ideas that I already had but enriched them and gave me so much more to think about. Thank You Bill!"
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Mental Illness as a Literary Device
Notes on the opening chapters of Allen Eskens' novel The Life We Bury and how mental illness creates drama for the main character.
Writing Lean and Mean
A review of the Lee Child's novel Jack Reacher, The Midnight Line.
Using a Timeline to Tell a Story
A review of the movie Arrival.
Using an Unreliable Narrator in a Novel
A review of Paula Hawkin's novel The Girl on the Train.
Beginning a Novel With a Mysterious Stranger
Notes on the Opening Chapter of Hank Coben's The Stranger
Understanding Narrative Tension
A video created for an online class that I taught for Pennwriters. I use examples from Harry Potter, Prince of Tides, Funeral For Horses, the Ambassadors, and All Creatures Great and Small. I will be teaching classes on different topics for Pennwriters in 2018.
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A video I created about the life of Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain.