Literary Liaisons

A blog about writing and all things story…

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. 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 also check out Bill’s blog


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

Comments are closed.


This entry was posted on September 10, 2010 by in Bill Johnsons.
Gloria Kempton

Author, Editor, Speaker, Storytelling Coach, Writing Instructor, and Director of The Outlaw's Journey Prison Writing Project

The 2020 Seattle Writing Workshop

Get Your Writing Published: April 25, 2020

Create Some Buzz


WILDsound Festival

Weekly Film Festival in Toronto & Los Angeles. Weekly screenplay & story readings performed by professional actors.

Rosie Amber

Book Reviewer, Avid Reader and Bookworm. Campaigning to link more readers to writers. People do not forget books that touch them or excite them—they recommend them.

Ellen T. McKnight

~ connecting through story ~

A Writer's Path

Sharing writing tips, information, and advice.


Nigeria's #1 Digital Marketing Blog

Eric Schlehlein, Author

(re)Living History, with occasional attempts at humor and the rare pot-luck subject. Sorry, it's BYOB. All I have is Hamm's.

“Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.” - Albert Einstein


The 24 hour Writing Hotspot and Hang Out

Elan Mudrow


David Gaughran

Marketing With A Story

Kristen Lamb

Author, Blogger, Social Media Jedi

%d bloggers like this: