A Story is a Promise

Essays on the Craft of Writing

About the Author


by Bill Johnson
A photo of Bill Johnson, author of A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling.

The essays on this web site owe a debt of gratitude to several friends and mentors.

First, Lawrence Booth, who offered to edit these essays when he saw my first post about story movement on America On Line. Through his perseverance, guidance and insights, these essays developed a clarity and purpose they sorely lacked. It would not be too much to say that without his unstinting help these essays would not exist.

My thanks to David Morgan, whose support, instruction and friendship have been a gift to me.

Tom Shaw, of Tom Shaw Productions, who made available office equipment, a quiet space to work, and his friendship.

Charles Deemer, who prodded me to create a web page, and whose own work on the web has been a source of inspiration.

Dr. Gary Solomon, a therapist and friend who shared with me some unique insights into movies and stories.

Rebecca Black, who encouraged me and supported my efforts to become a story analyst.

Yolanda Howell, who as a friend offered rare insight and wisdom.