Secrets Of Story (Screenwriting Blue Books)

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What are the secrets of good storytelling? Why do some stories flow and others get bogged down in subplots and dead ends? What makes a great story? If you have those dreaded "story problems" this 85,000 word book will help you solve them!

Learn the twelve elements of story: Ideas, Concepts, Conflict, Characters, Plot, Locations, Time, Tone, Genre, and Arena. How each element is critical to building your story, and how a mistake in the choice of any element effects the rest… and may create "story problems".

Using Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur's "Liar Liar" as the primary example, we'll go step-by-step through the construction of a story… and how to tell a story well, why conflict is required, why Story always starts with character… but ISN'T character, Breaking Your Story, Irony, Planting Information, Evolving Story, Leaving No Dramatic Stone Unturned, The Three Greek Unities, The Importance Of Stakes, How to isolate a conflict, your story's theme – and The Thematic Method, and how to create personal stories with blockbuster potential. Ready to tell a story?

Product Details

  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: First Strike Productions (September 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2013
  • Sold by: ¬†Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FDFWL90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

everything I could ask for (and more)

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 5, 2014
Thank God I stumbled upon these blue books. I’ve hungrily devoured three or four of them so far, and will definitely be buying the others. I’m a novelist but so many of the ideas transfer.

Read it if you want to learn some great tips on screenwriting

3 people found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2013
By kodi dennison
Don’t let the price fool you – this how-to book holds so much value for would be screenwriters, especially for those just starting out and have literally no clue where to begin.

Five Stars Aren’t Enough

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 23, 2013
By John Carl
William C. Martell is simply the best writing teacher out there. He offers the biggest bang for the buck, with the best examples and the most advice. You know how some people say, “If you never get another writing book, get this one.” Well, let me tell you… if you get William’s books and put them into practice, you’ll never have to get another writing book. Yes, he’s THAT good.

Highly Recommended!

One person found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2016
By Crystal
William C. Martell’s, “Secrets of Story: Well Told” is one of the best books on screenwriting. That being the case, Mr. Martell is one of the best screenwriting instructors one could ever ask for. He is extremely detailed oriented in regards to what techniques and tools make a screenplay story well told. If you’ve mastered structure, this book will certainly help you fill that structure by improving your story, your twists, and especially your characters

A must have for Save the Cat fans

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2014
By Kindle Customer
I love this book, great companion to the Save the Cat series. Also written by a working screen writer, Secrets of a Story Well Told does not waste pages telling you why others are wrong, Mr Martell gets right down to real tools you can put into use including unique exercises to stimulate your creativity.


4 people found this helpful.
 on October 2, 2013
By Erick Hayes
Come on Bill release the rest of the bluebooks to Kindle already! : )

A Must Read If You Want To Be A Storyteller

One person found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2015
By Amazon Customer
W.C Martell doesn’t explain the NUTS and BOLTS of screenwriting… He explains WHY you need the NUTS and BOLTS.

Excellent and valuable information, but get a spell checker, Bill!

 on March 2, 2016
By Rod Jones
The information in this tome is invaluable. I would have given it 5 out of 5 stars, except for one problem… the same problem that plagues all of Mr. Martell’s books that I’ve purchased (all available Kindle Blue Books and TSoAS included). The problem is, this book is RIDDLED with spelling and grammatical errors. Not just a few, but dozens and dozens of them, on almost every page. This is not an exaggeration. It’s as though Bill didn’t even run his work through a spell-checker, for crying out loud.

Five Stars

 on February 24, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This Blue Book explains the foundational parts of the craft of storytelling. This is done in an entire book and not just an article or two.

Well Told, But Repetitive

 on March 22, 2015
By Mitch
This is another fine book font the intermediate screenwriter to improve their skills. Each of Martell’s Blue Books are great resources. I have learned a lot from each, and this volume is no exception.

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