NefretitiM: Today on Literary Links we have Bill Johnson the author of ‘A story Is A Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling’. Thank you for joining us Mr. Johnson. What inspired you to write this book?
Bill Johnson: I was an intuitive writer until I took a class from a literary agent who had studied with Lajos Eqri, a story analyst from the 1930’s and 40’s who wrote about how to break down a story.
NefretitiM: How did you come up with the title?
Bill Johnson: I started out teaching students to recognize a story’s core dramatic issue, then simplified that to understanding a story’s promise to an audience.
NefretitiM: What genre does this book to fit into?
Bill Johnson: literary criticism
NefretitiM: What influenced your interest in writing?
Bill Johnson: I liked telling stories to myself that became quite complicated. When I began writing plays, they were produced.
NefretitiM: What is the writing process like for you?
Bill Johnson: I like to come up with idea and meditate on the stories and characters until I have an understanding of what the characters want.
NefretitiM: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Bill Johnson: Movies, watching old tv series like Fringe on the computer.
NefretitiM: What tips or words of encouragement do you have for other writers?
Bill Johnson: People need to figure out what’s going to help them get to where they want to be as writers. That can mean taking classes and reading books on writing or avoiding classes and books on writing, and trying different styles of writing. People need to figure this out.
NefretitiM: Well Thank You for joining us today. Much success to you on your book. Get your copy of ‘A story Is A Promise & The Spirit of Storytelling’ today @