The art of telling a story is a skill that if learned can be used not only in business but throughout your life. The books featured here are some of the top books on how to tell a story.
Note: this list is a mix between business storytelling, novel writing, and screenwriting. This mix is what I've found is the best way to build the skill and art of storytelling.
The vast majority of writers begin the storytelling process with only a partial understanding where to begin. Some labor their entire lives without ever learning that successful stories are as dependent upon good engineering as they are artistry. But the truth is, unless you are master of the form, function and criteria of successful storytelling, sitting down and pounding out a first draft without planning is an ineffective way to begin. Story Engineering starts with the criteria and the architecture of storytelling, the engineering and design of a story--and uses it as the basis for narrative. The greatest potential of any story is found in the way six specific aspects of storytelling combine and empower each other on the page. When rendered artfully, they become a sum in excess of their parts.
According to master storytellers Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman, storytelling is a lot like running. Everyone knows how to do it, but few of us ever break the four-minute mile. What separates the great runners from the rest? The greats know not only how to hit every stride, but how every muscle fits together in that stride so that no effort is wasted and their goals are achieved. World-class runners know how to run from the inside out. World-class leaders know how to tell a story from the inside o
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling [James N. Frey] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Written in a clear, crisp, accessible style, this book is perfect for beginners as well as professional writers who need a crash course in the down-to-earth basics of storytelling. Talent and inspiration can't be taught
Presentations are meant to inform, inspire, and persuade audiences. So why then do so many audiences leave feeling like they've wasted their time? All too often, presentations don't resonate with the audience and move them to transformative action.
"There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem." So writes Dan Roam in The Back of the Napkin, the international bestseller that proves that a simple drawing on a humble napkin can be more powerful than the slickest PowerPoint presentation. Drawing on twenty years of experience and the latest discoveries in vision science, Roam teaches readers how to clarify any problem or sell any idea using a simple set of tools.
“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
In Story, McKee puts into book form what he has been teaching screenwriters for years in his seminar on story structure, which is considered by many to be a prerequisite to the film biz. (The long list of film and television projects that McKee's students have written, directed, or produced includes Air Force One, The Deer Hunter, E.R., A Fish Called Wanda, Forrest Gump, NYPD Blue, and Sleepless in Seattle.)
Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time [Jordan Rosenfeld] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Write Scenes that Move Your Story Forward In Make a Scene, author Jordan E. Rosenfeld takes you through the fundamentals of strong scene construction and explains how other essential fiction-writing techniques
The First 50 Pages: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up For Success [Jeff Gerke] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Seeking writing success? Start at the beginning... Whether youre looking to get published or just hoping to hook your reader
Story Structure Architect: A Writer's Guide to Building Dramatic Situations and Compelling Characters [Victoria Lynn Schmidt] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Build a Timeless, Original Story Using Hundreds of Classic Story Motifs! It's been said that there are no new ideas; but there are proven ideas that have worked again and again for all writers for hundreds of years. Story Structure Architect is your comprehensive reference to the classic recurring story structures used by every great author throughout the ages. You'll find master models for characters
How to Write a Damn Good Novel, II: Advanced Techniques For Dramatic Storytelling [James N. Frey] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Damn good fiction is dramatic fiction, Frey insists, whether it is by Hemingway or Grisham, Le Carre or Ludlum
Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact [Annette Simmons] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Story telling is a powerful communications tool that is becoming more and more recognized in the business community. These stories are not the usual speech openers or ice breakers
The Busy Writer's One Hour Plot: Marg McAlister: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud.
Mark Twain (1835 -1910) was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer.
Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an award-winning author [Orson Scott Card] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Vivid and memorable characters aren't born: they have to be made This book is a set of tools: literary crowbars
Writing the Breakout Novel [Donald Maass] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Take your fiction to the next level! Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller: John Truby: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire [Paul Smith] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Storytelling has come of age in the business world. Today, many of the most successful companies use storytelling as a leadership tool. At Nike
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story, Updated and Expanded Edition [Jerry Weissman] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Thirty million presentations will be given today. Millions will fail. Millions more will be received with yawns. A rare few will establish the most profound connection
Imagine knowing what the brain craves from every tale it encounters, what fuels the success of any great story, and what keeps readers transfixed. Wired for Story reveals these cognitive secrets—and it’s a game-changer for anyone who has ever set pen to paper. The vast majority of writing advice focuses on “writing well” as if it were the same as telling a great story.
The now-classic Metaphors We Live By changed our understanding of metaphor and its role in language and the mind. Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by"—metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them.
Aspiring storytellers will be pleased to know that Lipman's down-to-earth approach allows for flexibility rather than an emphasis on memorization. A professional storyteller who has appeared at such prominent venues as the National Storytelling Festival, he presents a thoughtful framework that can apply to anyone whose livelihood depends on keeping an audience rapt, including lawyers, teachers and salespeople, although his remarks are more specifically tailored to performing artists.
The Art And Craft Of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide To Classic Writing Techniques [Nancy Lamb] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Master the Power of Story When you consider the thousands of years of storytelling that comprise our literary tradition
The Art of Screenwriting [William Packard] on Amazon.com. FREE super saver shipping on qualifying offers. Writing for the stage and screen presents artistic challenges to aspiring dramatists everywhere. Through practical