A fifth edition of my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of
Storytelling, is now available for $2.99 from
This edition offers new, unique tools for creating
vibrant story characters, how to outline a novel, and a guide to writing a novel, screenplay, or play, how to evaluate a manuscript, review a screenplay, and
tools to revise a novel; and my new essay, Storytelling and the Superconscious Mind.
Index of Essays
essays by Bill Johnson
A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling is
now available from Amazon Kindle for $2.99.
Understanding What A Story Is
This essay is now available in my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling.
Foundation Principles of Storytelling *
This essay discusses 15 principles I believe underlie the creation of a dramatic story.
My Percibiendo las bases en una narración essay is now available in Spanish, traducido al Español por Herlinda Martínez at Miracle Theatre/Teatro in Portland, Oregon
Understanding the Process of Storytelling *
The process of constructing a story from idea to premise to movement to plot to fulfillment.
Premise and Mystery
A scene by scene review of The Usual Suspects that explores what makes this a great film.
What A Plot IS
This essay is available in my writing workbook, A Story is a Promise & The
Spirit of Storytelling.
Stories and Feelings
An essay about how stories function as a journey of feelings for a
Movies As Healing Journeys
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This essay explores how movies can offer understanding of life's problems.
This article first appeared in
ScreenTalk, the International Magazine of
Creating Mythic Characters
Notes on the movie Guardians of the Galaxy.
Narration in The Book Thief
by Bill Johnson
A review of the use of narration in the movie version of The Book Thief.
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.