The Story Book: A Writer's Guide to Story Development, Principles, Problem-solving and Marketing

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Author, scriptwriter, story consultant and Ph.D scholar of story theory, David Baboulene, helps you to understand what makes stories that grip. With invaluable new thinking on subtext plus insights on story success from: Bob Gale: Legendary Hollywood scriptwriter and producer of the Back to the Future trilogy. Lee Child: 16 million Jack Reacher novels sold in 43 countries and 29 languages. Willy Russell: celebrated playwright and film maker of classics such as Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita, Blood Brothers... John Sullivan: television comedy writing legend - Only Fools and Horses, Citizen Smith, Just Good Friends... Simply a must-read for anyone wanting to understand how to turn ideas into stories that sell.

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Fantastic. A bible for writers. --Bookshelf

A wonderful combination of technical knowledge combined with the recognition that story must come from the heart of the individual. --Lorraine Faulkner - Story Seminar Delegate

A fresh, crisp and incredibly user-friendly method for anyone in the business of story and script development - highly recommended. --Marion Pilowsky - Film Producer - Sleuth

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Since first being published in 2002, David has produced two humorous books, two children s books and an academic work on story principles. David has also written several screenplays and has had three film productions deals, two in Hollywood and one in the UK. He is currently proving through his Ph.D. thesis that subtext is the defining substance of story, and by measuring subtext presence, depth and extent, he can tell you in advance how successful a story is likely to be. When his metrics are compared to public ratings on e.g., the Internet Movie Database, his theory is proven: the more subtext there is, the higher the story is rated by the public. So stories are not about structure. They are not about establishing a setting by page 3, a protagonist by page 10 and a turning point by page 27. Why not? Because not all stories have these things. It's cobblers. But all stories have subtext. By identifying all types of subtext and defining all story elements, from the character to the humour, in terms of the subtext, a new and significant advance is made in the world's understanding of story. An understanding that takes story theory beyond Aristotle, Propp and McKee, and into a whole new story science that truly lets the writer control and understand his story power. Stories are not about structure. They are about resonance with the human mind. Makes sense really, if you think about it... David works as a story consultant with training and development organisations, aspiring and established writers and producers. He is also working at Brighton University on his Ph.D. and on the use of story as the most effective possible tool of teaching and learning. David is giving seminars on story principles throughout the UK and in Los Angeles in 2011 in collaboration with The Script Factory, Euroscript and Picture House Cinemas. David writes extensively on his subject, including his monthly column in Writing Magazine and Writers' News. He lives in sunny Brighton with his wife and four children.

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