The Story Within employs stories to illuminate craft. Each chapter begins with a narrative and then provides fresh advice, guidance, and inspiring prompts. New subjects addressed include how to use the latest discoveries in neuroscience and quantum physics to facilitate success; how to thrive in the tension between fiction and non-fiction; how to cultivate literary intuition; and how to use even a past we may regret, in a way that transforms us with good will.
Story teaches how to write something funny without telling a joke and how to identify and illuminate the deeper connections hidden within your work. The book even addresses how to make the distraction of children a gift and how to make jealousy a productive tool.
Traditional subjects are also covered, including: finding subject and voice, inspiration, creative points of entry, how to plot, dramatize, maintain tension and eliminate writer’s block.
The Story Within enlarges the heart and reveals once again that the power of story is unsurpassed for teaching writers to write.
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What writers are saying about The Story Within
So much has moved me in the book. Exquisite clauses, sentences, paragraphs. Straight-forward craft presented with such freshness that it might never have been written before. Your huge understanding of what it is to be human.
e.g.; "...the bafflement of those who did harm." / "...On the wings of truth lost time is recovered in the air." / "But what the reader gains from the story is in direct proportion to what the author gains from writing it." Such a gift this book is. Thank you for writing it. --Donna Larson
“Packed with new ideas and deeply engaging, The Story Within inspires, instructs and entertains. Laura Oliver is an immensely talented writer, teacher and storyteller. This book is fun to read and will make you a better writer.” -Jon Franklin, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.
“Blunt, witty, relentlessly honest about the hard simplicity of the writing craft, immensely useful, and startlingly thorough. As penetrating and stimulating a craft workbook as I have ever seen.”
- Brian Doyle, editor of Portland Magazine