My Guide to RPG Storytelling

Author: Aron Christensen

Publisher: Loose Leaf Stories

ISBN: 1643190024

Category: Games & Activities

Page: N.A

View: 7314

I’ve been role-playing all my life and I’ve run a lot of well-received campaigns. My players asked me what made my games work and this book is the result. This isn’t a rulebook for any gaming system, but it’s a how-to for my style of creating memorable NPCs, planning games, and engaging with your players. - Foreword, by Erica Lindquist - On Storytelling - Before the Game - Building Your Story - Running Your Game - Players & Player Characters - Problems - Rules & Mechanics - Setting & NPCs

The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction

Author: John Dufresne

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078353

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

View: 4882

"This is the most practical, hard-nosed, generous, direct, and useful guide to writing fiction."—Brad Watson Finally, a truly creative—and hilarious—guide to creative writing, full of encouragement and sound advice. Provocative and reassuring, nurturing and wise, The Lie That Tells a Truth is essential to writers in general, fiction writers in particular, beginning writers, serious writers, and anyone facing a blank page. John Dufresne, teacher and the acclaimed author of Love Warps the Mind a Little and Deep in the Shade of Paradise, demystifies the writing process. Drawing upon the wisdom of literature's great craftsmen, Dufresne's lucid essays and diverse exercises initiate the reader into the tools, processes, and techniques of writing: inventing compelling characters, developing a voice, creating a sense of place, editing your own words. Where do great ideas come from? How do we recognize them? How can language capture them? In his signature comic voice, Dufresne answers these questions and more in chapters such as "Writing Around the Block," "Plottery," and "The Art of Abbreviation." Dufresne demystifies the writing process, showing that while the idea of writing may be overwhelming, the act of writing is simplicity itself.

Creating Short Fiction

The Classic Guide to Writing Short Fiction

Author: Damon Knight

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312150945

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

View: 2362

Explains effective use of structure and pacing, and offers advice for creating realistic dialogue, plot, and characters

Storytelling in the Digital Age

A Guide for Nonprofits

Author: Julia Campbell

Publisher: Charitychannel LLC

ISBN: 9781938077791

Category: Nonprofit organizations

Page: 200

View: 1106

Storytelling is a hot topic for nonprofits. Actually, it's the hottest topic! This book is carefully designed to help busy nonprofit practitioners and volunteers to use storytelling to grow support and to keep donors engaged. Storytelling for nonprofits is all about crafting authentic, real, emotional stories about the work that you do every day.

The Storytelling Animal

How Stories Make Us Human

Author: Jonathan Gottschall

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547391404

Category: Science

Page: 248

View: 6498

Explores the latest beliefs about why people tell stories and what stories reveal about human nature, offering insights into such related topics as universal themes and what it means to have a storytelling brain.

How to Write a Damn Good Thriller

A Step-by-Step Guide for Novelists and Screenwriters

Author: James N. Frey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429913638

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

View: 7482

A quick look at any fiction bestseller list reveals that thrillers make up most of the titles at the top. HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD THRILLER will help the aspiring novelist or screenwriter to design, draft, write, and polish a thriller that is sure to grab readers. Frey uses examples from both books and movies and addresses the following hot topics: *Germinal ideas *Breathing life into great thriller characters *Crafting a gripping opening *Maintaining tension *Creating obstacles and conflicts *Writing a mean, lean thriller scene *Adding surprise twists *Building a smashing climax and many more. In his trademark approachable and humorous style, Frey illuminates the building blocks of great thrillers and gives the reader the tools to write his or her own.

The Writer's Portable Mentor

A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, Second Edition

Author: Priscilla Long

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 0826360068

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 3489

Designed to mentor writers at all levels, from beginning to quite advanced, The Writer’s Portable Mentor offers a wealth of insight and crafting models from the author’s twenty-plus years of teaching and creative thought. The book provides tools for structuring a book, story, or essay. It trains writers in observation and in developing a poet’s ear for sound in prose. It scrutinizes the sentence strategies of the masters and offers advice on how to publish. This second edition is updated to account for changes in the publishing industry and provides hundreds of new craft models to inspire, guide, and develop every writer’s work.

How to Make a Living as a Writer

Author: James Scott Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780910355162

Category: Authorship

Page: 258

View: 2983

It's the best time on Earth to be a writer. More writers are making money today than at any other time in history. For centuries few have been able to support themselves from the quill or the keyboard alone. Not anymore. With the rise of ebooks and indie publishing there are now more opportunities than ever for writers to generate substantial income from their work. And there is still a traditional publishing industry that needs new talent to keep growing. In How to Make a Living as a Writer, you'll learn the secrets of writing for profit and increasing your chances of making a living wage from your work. Here are some of the subjects covered: - The 7 Secrets of Writing Success - The 8 Essentials of Your Writing Business - How to Reach Your Goals - Keys to a Winning System - How to Stay Relentless - Unlocking Your Creativity - How to Write More, Faster - Comparing Traditional and Self-Publishing - How to Go Traditional - How to Go Indie - How to Form Multiple Streams of Writing Income - How to Write a Novel in a Month - How to Choose Non-Fiction Subjects - How to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude - Resources for Further Study And much more, all to help you write what you love and earn what you're worth. James Scott Bell has made a living as a writer for nearly two decades, and shares with you everything he knows about the best practices for turning your writing dream into a reality.

The Golden Theme

How to Make Your Writing Appeal to the Highest Common Denominator

Author: Brian McDonald

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780998534411

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 7485

The Golden Theme is the study of writing's essential commonality-the question of what makes writing and storytelling vital to human nature-by award-winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald.

Make Your Story Really Stinkin' Big

How to Go from Concept to Franchise and Make Your Story Last for Generations

Author: Houston Howard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931552

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 172

View: 8437

""A creative, yet straightforward manual on how to take one concept and turn it into a franchise that will last generations. Houston Howard’s “360° Storyweaving” process is revealed with step-by-step instructions on how to best intersect entertainment, marketing, transmedia and technology.""

On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 7711

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to Read a Book

The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476790159

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 1364

Analyzes the art of reading and suggests ways to approach literary works, offering techniques for reading in specific literary genres ranging from fiction, poetry, and plays to scientific and philosophical works.

A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life

Author: Tony Agnesi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692965665

Category:

Page: 194

View: 2338

Storyteller Tony Agnesi shares over 70 inspirational stories and reflections. Stories of grace in everyday lives, in our family, during the holidays we share, in prayer and in the virtues. Each story has three questions for reflection and related scripture. It is the perfect companion for individual reflection or group study.

The StoryTelling Book

Finding the golden thread in your presentations

Author: Anthony Tasgal

Publisher: LID Editorial

ISBN: 1910649473

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 2075

Business presentations could be simpler, more engaging and so much more effective, and our business lives so much more rewarding if we remember to restore the emotional power of storytelling. In an age that is Data Rich but Insight-Poor and when most people in the world of business find themselves caught up in a system of numbers and spread sheets, this book shows that the time has come to restore the lost art of storytelling; to put the “author” back in “authority”; to write less and think more. Though a simple step-by step approach, the author shows that we need to change how we communicate in our day-to-day lives, and that if we revert to our inherent role as storytellers we are more likely to be both more effective and productive, and a lot less frustrated into the bargain.

Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Union Books

ISBN: 1908526149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3990

DIV In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humour and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart – to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue and to Flannery O’Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail; to be inspired by Emily Brontë’s structural nuance and Charles Dickens’s deceptively simple narrative techniques. Most importantly, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted, and reminds us that good writing comes out of good reading. /div

The Storyteller's Secret

Author: Sejal Badani

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

ISBN: 9781503949089

Category: Fiction

Page: 411

View: 2202

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream. Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family's past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi--her grandmother's former servant and trusted confidant--who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya's pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother's arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible.

Note to Self

Inspiring Words From Inspiring People

Author: Gayle King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1982102101

Category: Self-Help

Page: 176

View: 3185

Gayle King shares her favorite inspiring letters from the popular CBS This Morning segment Note to Self, in which twenty-first century luminaries pen advice and encouragement to the young people they once were. What do Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Ruth, Kesha, and Kermit the Frog wish they could tell their younger selves? What about a gay NFL player or the most successful female racecar driver? In Note to Self, CBS This Morning cohost Gayle King shares some of the most memorable letters from the broadcast’s popular segment of the same name. With essays from such varied figures as Oprah, Vice President Joe Biden, Chelsea Handler, and Maya Angelou—as well as poignant words from a Newtown father and a military widow—Note to Self is a lovely reflection on the joys and challenges of growing up and a perfect gift for any occasion.

The Sirens of Titan

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 9780307423375

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4522

“[Kurt Vonnegut’s] best book . . . He dares not only ask the ultimate question about the meaning of life, but to answer it.”—Esquire The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’ s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell. “Reading Vonnegut is addictive!”—Commonweal

Uncommon Type

Some Stories

Author: Tom Hanks

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101946164

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 9326

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!

Writing for News Media

The Storyteller’s Craft

Author: Ian Pickering

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317222482

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 2332

Writing for News Media is a down-to-earth guide on how to write news stories for online, print and broadcast audiences. It celebrates the craft of storytelling, arguing for its continued importance in a modern newsroom. With dynamism and humour, Ian Pickering, a journalist with 30 years’ experience, offers readers practical advice on being a news journalist, with step-by-step guidance on creating a great story and writing the perfect news copy. Chapters include: extracts from published news articles to help illustrate the dos and don’ts of storytelling; the ten golden rules for structuring and putting together a successful news article, including ‘Nail the intro’, ‘Let it flow’ and ‘Keep it simple’; instruction on writing stories for different specialist subjects, including politics, court cases, economics, funnies and celebrity; help for readers on how to write for broadcast news; tips on how to write headlines, how to use pictures, how to make the most of quotations and how to avoid common style and grammar mistakes; glossaries covering a range of different aspects of news journalism, including types of news story, online and data journalism, typesetting and broadcasting. This is an instructive and insightful manual which champions brilliant storytelling and writing with flair. It introduces a set of key creative and analytical techniques that will help students of journalism and young professionals hone and refi ne their story-writing skills.