The Secrets of Story

Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers


Author: Matt Bird

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440348294

Category: Reference

Page: 360

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You've just boarded a plane. You've loaded your phone with your favorite podcasts, but before you can pop in your earbuds, disaster strikes: The guy in the next seat starts telling you all about something crazy that happened to him--in great detail. This is the unwelcome storyteller, trying to convince a reluctant audience to care about his story. We all hate that guy, right? But when you tell a story (any kind of story: a novel, a memoir, a screenplay, a stage play, a comic, or even a cover letter), you become the unwelcome storyteller. So how can you write a story that audiences will embrace? The answer is simple: Remember what it feels like to be that jaded audience. Tell the story that would win you over, even if you didn't want to hear it. The Secrets of Story provides comprehensive, audience-focused strategies for becoming a master storyteller. Armed with the Ultimate Story Checklist, you can improve every aspect of your fiction writing with incisive questions like these: • Concept: Is the one-sentence description of your story uniquely appealing? • Character: Can your audience identify with your hero? • Structure and Plot: Is your story ruled by human nature? • Scene Work: Does each scene advance the plot and reveal character through emotional reactions? • Dialogue: Is your characters' dialogue infused with distinct personality traits and speech patterns based on their lives and backgrounds? • Tone: Are you subtly setting, resetting, and upsetting expectations? • Theme: Are you using multiple ironies throughout the story to create meaning? To succeed in the world of fiction and film, you have to work on every aspect of your craft and satisfy your audience. Do both--and so much more--with The Secrets of Story. "Matt Bird is a certifiable writing-craft genius." --Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur A. Levine Books "What makes this book valuable is how practical Bird is with his advice--every chapter is full of craft tricks and little insights that help take a moment from 'good enough' to 'great!' Consider his 'one-touch rule,' which can instantly add focus and shape to even the smallest scene. This book is full of real tools for real storytellers." --Jonathan Auxier, author of The Night Gardener "The Ultimate Story Checklist is the clearest road map I've seen for helping writers get to what makes a compelling story. I've been sharing Matthew's guide with writers for years." --Andrew Harwell, author of The Spider Ring "Matt Bird has cracked the code on how satisfying stories work. His insights will sharpen your plots, freshen your characters, and liberate your imagination. I always come away from reading Matt Bird feeling inspired and invigorated." --James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd Fish "Bird's advice raises the bar and encourages 'writing greatness.' It's rare to find such clear and insightful tips about working at the most advanced end of the craft." --Elizabeth Fama, author of Monstrous Beauty "After I followed Matt Bird's writing advice, I received an offer of representation from an agent who called my manuscript 'masterfully structured.' It's a testament to how helpful Bird's advice has been--I've learned more from him than from any other book about writing, and certainly more than from taking any writing class." --Parker Peevyhouse, author of Where Futures End "Matt Bird's blog is possibly my favorite resource on storytelling, maybe even more than Robert McKee's Story. It's really insightful on story structure--detailed without being too rigid, and with a keen appreciation for both big blockbusters and smaller stories." --Emily Horner, author of A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

27 Essential Principles of Story

Master the Secrets of Great Storytelling, from Shakespeare to South Park


Author: Daniel Joshua Rubin

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 1523510781

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 9664

Open your notebook, take out your pen, and welcome a bold new approach to teaching the art of great storytelling. In 27 lessons, drawn from 27 critical moments at the heart of 27 diverse narratives—from plays, novels, movies, television, and even songs and video games—Daniel Joshua Rubin unlocks the secrets of what makes a story work and then teaches us how to understand and use each principle in our own storytelling. Rubin, an incisive and no BS teacher, writing consultant, and founder of the Story 27 Studio, expands our understanding of narrative by drilling into examples ranging from Hamlet to The Godfather, Parts I and II, from Harry Potter to an episode of South Park, and unearthing exactly what makes each scene tick. The result is a collection of priceless advice: Escalate Risk, with an example from Pulp Fiction. Write Characters to the Top of Their Intelligence, from the Eminem song “Stan.” Explore All Endings, from HBO’s The Night Of. Attack Your Theme, from The Brothers Karamazov. Peel the Onion, from Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies. Clash Expectation with Reality, from Breaking Bad. After each principle comes a lesson in how to do it, plus a Mini Final Exam and Related Principles from other sources. Rubin’s writing is the writing we all aspire to: insightful, encouraging, filled with attitude; the examples are relatable, contemporary, and fresh. For writers, storytellers, filmmakers, video game designers, podcasters, writing teachers, and anyone interested in how story works, it’s a guide that turns the traditional writing manual on its head, drawing from a world of diverse voices and sources and media. In other words, from where contemporary storytellers find their inspiration.

Top Gun- the Secrets of Relationship Based Selling

Financial Service Edition


Author: Scott Magnacca CFP

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1418401196

Category: Self-Help

Page: 190

View: 7216

For nearly two decades, Scott Magnacca has asked the question What is the difference between top performers and average performers in the fields of sales and marketing? In TOP GUN- The Secrets of Relationship Based Selling For Financial Services, author Scott Magnacca shares the results of his groundbreaking research in the field of personal achievement, sales and marketing. Based on his nearly two decades of sales and marketing experience working with both affluent investors and top salespeople in the financial services industry, Magnacca has been able to identify the common traits, skills and techniques that top performers all use consistently to reach the pinnacle of success. By studying top performers from all walks of life- including Olympic athletes, Navy SEALS, Top Actors and Politicians and the best marketing and sales minds in the financial services business, Mr. Magnacca has been able to document, learn and teach the techniques and the communication and persuasive skills that allow these top performers to become leaders in their respective professions. In the book, Mr. Magnacca focuses specifically on the mental conditioning techniques taught at the U.S. Navys TOP GUN Fighter Weapons School and he applies these same concepts to the topics of selling and marketing more effectively to clients and prospects. In this book youll learn the latest psychological secrets behind the art and science of communication and unconscious influence. In addition, you will learn a series of simple, practical steps that you can use and apply in your own sales and marketing career to quickly increase your marketing effectiveness, to build long lasting relationships with prospects and clients and to take your personal sales results to the next level of achievement.

The Secrets of Time


Author: Gary Sturm

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469110725

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 281

View: 2534

Randall Garvey, a self-educated billionaire, world-class ego and doubting atheist, is elected president as the lesser of three evils. He works secretly to satisfy his obsession with the search for extraterrestrial life. He is accustomed to getting what he wants, and with help from a well-placed rogue senator, he devises a plan to evade the restrictions of a hostile congress. In silent partnership with the governments of Russia and Japan, Garvey sends forth a covert mission to Mars. The mission is energized by the discovery of an ancient scroll that bears a message for all mankind.

The Secrets of Paper and Ink


Author: Lindsay Harrel

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0718075730

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 7782

Brought together by a charming bookstore in England, three women fight to defy expectations, dream new dreams, and welcome love into their lives. As a counselor, Sophia Barrett is trained to help people cope with their burdens. But when she meets a new patient whose troubles mirror her own, she realizes she hasn’t dealt with the pain of her recent past. After making a snap decision to get away for the summer, Sophia moves overseas to an apartment above a charming bookstore in Cornwall, England. She is hopeful she will find peace there surrounded by her favorite thing: great literature. Bookstore owner Ginny Rose is desperate to save her business without asking for help from a husband who’s decided to take a break from their marriage. Ginny never imagined she’d be solely responsible for keeping afloat her husband’s dream, but the unexpected friendship with her new renter has her feeling more optimistic. Between the two of them—and Ginny’s brother-in-law, William—the bookstore might stand a chance. Then Sophia finds a notebook in the bookstore that contains journal entries from Emily Fairfax, a governess who lived in Cornwall more than 150 years ago. Sophia learns that Emily harbored a secret passion for becoming an authoress—as well as a deep love for her childhood friend, Edward, whose station she dared not dream to touch. Eager to know more of Emily’s story, Sophia goes on a quest—dragging Ginny and William with her—to discover the heart of the woman behind the beautiful entries. Soon Ginny’s need to save the bookstore becomes more than a way to save her marriage, and Sophia finds new purpose of her own. Together they find that sometimes both heartache and hope can reach across the centuries.

How to Tell a Story


Author: Gary Provost

Publisher: Crossroad Press



Page: N.A

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Drawing on Provost's proven philosophies, Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. Through advice, exercises, and an outstanding array of examples, you'll learn to create gripping narratives powered by strong characters. You'll discover the secrets of sequencing, of weaving subplots into rich stories, of manipulating story pace to increase conflict, tension, and surprise. “Rarely does a writing guide arrive with the authority of HOW TO TELL A STORY.” Publishers Weekly. "HOW TO TELL A STORY is a must for anybody who writes nonfiction or fiction -- television and screenwriters included." - Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP in Cincinnati, director of The First Wive's Club. "A most useful book that will aid anyone tying to become a writer of fiction. I recommend it highly." - Roderick Thorp, bestselling author of River, Die Hard, and Detective. "Gary Provost was one of the best friends a writer ever had. He knew that all writers face a hard challenge: to take their ideas, aspirations, and vapors of creativity, and make them concrete for the reader. How to do it? Treat writing as a craft, with techniques that can be learned, with tricks that can be taught. In this book, Peter Rubie shows Gary Provost at his best." William Martin, author of Cape Cod and Annapolis. "HOW TO TELL A STORY offers a harvest of time-tested problem-solving techniques that will enrich every writer's art and craft. It's a feast of innovative, clearly stated advice that will nourish a writer's confidence and career. Read it and you will reap its many rewards." - Gerald Gross, author of Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do. "Peter Rubie and Gary Provost have got it right. HOW TO TELL A STORY covers everything a novice writer needs to learn and a professional writer needs to remember. It's earned a permanent place on my desk." - Barbara Shapiro, author of Blind Spot and See No Evil. "In this unique book, the time honored ability of story telling has been dissected, examined carefully and defined in detail for the writer. With a fresh new look at what makes a story exciting and compelling, HOW TO TELL A STORY outlines for the writer all the secrets of dramatic story telling. Every writer should read this book before writing another paragraph." - Keith Wilson, M.D., novelist, and author of Cause of Death: A Writer's Guide to Death, Murder, & Forensic Medicine.

The Secrets of Paradise Bay


Author: Devon Vaughn Archer

Publisher: Urban Renaissance

ISBN: 1622863526

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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Former international model Ivana Kendall-Lancaster gives it all up to marry the love of her life, Trey, and settle into Paradise Bay, Oregon. She never expected him to be unfaithful, but when the worst happens, she isn't sure that anything can repair the mistrust and pain she feels. Trey Lancaster is living a life of wealth and leisure, but all is far from perfect in his world. After an affair with the wife of a wealthy client, he's desperately trying to get past this moment of weakness, knowing that he loves his wife more than anything. Trey's brother, Clyde, enters the picture. Newly released from prison, he carries a dark secret that links his crime to Trey. It doesn't take long for a sex-starved Clyde and a wounded Ivana to become attracted to one another. This attraction turns into one night of forbidden sexual relations. Feeling guilty for betraying Trey, Clyde tries to distance himself. Ivana is left confused and unsure what—or whom—she wants. As the brothers try to come to terms with their issues, a dangerous man from Clyde's past with a score to settle puts the brothers and Ivana in harm's way. Can Ivana and Trey find their way back to each other, or will tragedy forever keep them apart?

The Secrets of Architectural Composition


Author: Nathaniel Cortland Curtis

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048632074X

Category: Architecture

Page: 288

View: 4498

Well arranged, logical, and aptly illustrated, this classic survey covers every aspect of the design process. It addresses architectural principles as well as their practical application, examining general questions of scale, balance, proportion, and symmetry and presenting detailed treatments of doors, windows, walls, stairways, columns, and other features. Long acknowledged as a valuable resource for students and teachers alike, this volume is unsurpassed in terms of the richness of its material and the consistency of its insights. It was written by Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, an influential designer and artist who served as the head of the Tulane School of Architecture. Curtis illustrated his work with nearly 250 line drawings that depict architectural elements from a splendid variety of periods and settings, from ancient Rome's temples and palaces to modern-day hotels and museums of Paris and New York.

Gorakhvani The Secrets of Guru Gorakhnath

in verses recited by Shri Hairakhan Babaji to Shri Sardar Kamalo (Shri Shastriji Vishnu Datt Misra)


Author: Shri Hairakhan Babaji,Shri Shastriji Vishnu Datt Misra

Publisher: J. Amba Edizioni

ISBN: 8886340400

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 74

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Transcribed in ancient Hindi by Shri Shastriji Transliteration and translation from Hindi into English by Gora Devi Photos by Jai Datt Gianbarberis, Janki Rani Lisetta Carmi and VV. AA. Proof reading, graphics, computergraphics by Kalavati Maria Cristina Chiulli Illustration on cover: "Endless Beginning" by Jai Datt Gianbarberis In Nepal, the holy land of Guru Gorakhnath Maharaji, through Shri Babaji's grace, the teachings were passed on to Shri Sardar Kamalo (Shri Shastriji). Shri Gorakh revealed to Kamalo one great secret that, like a mantra, is the essence of innumerable teachings. By His grace, Shri Gorakhnath Maharaji reveals Himself from time to time in order to benefit people. This time suddenly He decided to reveal His divine teachings to seven Rishis present with Him. That day, at seven in the morning in His room, He gave His divine message to the Rishis, who were waiting in ecstasy. The Rishis were astonished when they heard His words, which fulfilled their lives.

The Secrets of a Fire King



Author: Kim Edwards

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101201770

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8092

The first story collection from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Memory Keeper's Daughter With The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards touched hearts across the nation. In this, her first collection of stories-now with three new stories added-she explores the lives of those who exist on the fringes of society: a fire-eater, an American and his Korean war bride, Madame Curie's maid, and others. Though their tales vary dramatically, each comes up against the barriers of place and circumstance in the most universal of experiences: the quest to discover and understand the elusive mysteries of love. Transporting readers to exotic locations, this beautiful collection reinforces Edwards's presence as an extraordinarily gifted writer.