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27 Essential Principles of Story

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27 Essential Principles of Story

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

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If you enjoyed Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, then you’ll love 27 Essential Principles of Story.

“As a screenwriting student and bookseller, this is the best of both worlds for me. This book is designed for any type of writer, for anybody who wants to improve and has something they want to say. Rubin focuses on how each writer is an individual and how their writing always reflects that, as they use each of these principles in their own way. The chapters give summaries of each topic, examples, a look at individual ideas about it, and more! With Rubin as the narrator as well, it feels like an intensive class, but on your own schedule and with YOU in mind! It's very convenient, is written by someone with a solid resumé, and takes a new look at things that I've never thought of before—and I've read a ton of writing books.”

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“So often people ask me if there’s a book on story I can recommend. This is the one. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”––Alexa Junge, writer/producer, Friends, Sex and the City, The West Wing
A master class of 27 lessons, drawn from 27 diverse narratives, for novelists, storytellers, filmmakers, graphic designers, and more. Author Daniel Joshua Rubin unlocks the secrets of what makes a story work, and then shows how to understand and use these principles in your own writing. The result is “an invaluable resource” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), offering priceless advice like escalate risk, with an example from Pulp Fiction. Write characters to the top of their intelligence, from the Eminem song “Stan.” Earn transformations, from Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. Attack your theme, from The Brothers Karamazov. Insightful, encouraging, filled with attitude, and, as Booklist puts it, “perfect for any writer looking to ensure their stories operate and resonate at the top of their potential,” this audiobook gives contemporary storytellers of all kinds a lifeline of inspiration and relatable instruction.
“[The] new bible of lessons and practices for creators.”––Library Journal

“Not a ‘how-to,’ thank God, but a ‘here’s why.’ Writers of all levels of experience will benefit from reading––and then rereading––this elegant exploration of the principles of storytelling.”––Traci Letts, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright
“A godsend for storytellers in all media. It will help you decide what to write and then show you, step by step, how to tackle virtually any problem you face.”––Anna D. Shapiro, Tony Award-winning director, August: Osage County


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