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Study what works in other stories…

Artist at the Louvre – learning from the masters
To write a novel takes great patience, creativity, diligence and a good hard look at what works in other stories. One of my most beloved and helpful sites is story doctor, Bill Johnson’s where he has compiled a list of essays on his reviews of popular novels like; The Hunt for Red October, The DaVinci Code and the Kite Runner as great examples. Check out his essays and see what makes these and other stories work. http://www.storyispromise.com/bookinde.htm Take your time when you visit his site, he generously offers information on crafting stories, screen plays, and more. Bill’s book ‘A Story is a Promise & Deep Characterization’ is one of my number one tools. You can also get his DVD that includes diagrams that help explore the role of conflict in a story.

To learn we sometimes must sit at the feet of the masters – Bill Johnson’s web site and teaching materials are a good place to start. Bill also hosts a site on YouTube that features Pacific Northwest authors on writing  http://www.youtube.com/TheWillametteWriters also check out Bill’s blog http://astoryisapromise.blogspot.com/
 

 
 

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One comment on “Study what works in other stories…

  1. Jack
    September 11, 2010

    Mindy, I didn't know where to leave this note but I want to say you are very kind–referring to your comment on Blood. All streets are two-way regardless of what the signs say. Jack

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