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Tell Me <How To Write> A Story by [Runyon, EJ]
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Too many books tell you what you need to do during a round of editing...but they very rarely explain why that need exists. Without explanation and examples to help your understanding, craft basics can feel restrictive and unbearable.
You might have already begun writing something you’ve had a great idea for. But a great story requires more than the gift of inspiration. Tell Me A Story takes you through the first steps of what you need to know to write well, and how to improve your editing technique.

This book lets you learn with Hows and Whys, through writing examples from real novices. This will allow you to jump into storytelling with solid practices for getting your ideas from your mind to the page.

Praise for E.J. Runyon

"E.J. has done much more than prove to me that writing is a mosaic skill, worthy of a myriad of effort, but also that it is a sharp-bladed pillow from which we all draw a precise dream." - V. Pittsenbargar

“E.J’s done exactly what I wanted and been searching for. Help about storytelling and the English language. Not just as in punctuation and grammar, but about the craft. I wanted to get my readers more engaged in my story. In swoops E.J. to save the day.” - D. Chapman

“I'm glad I found E.J., she's a wonderful coach. It's like being a kid getting on a bike for the first time, and realizing what the pedals do. The revisions I'm doing now are helping me tell the story that I want to tell.” - C. Murphy

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Inspired Quill (10 October 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Book for Novice Writers 31 December 2014
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
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I not only purchased a paperback version of ‘Tell Me (How to Write) A Story,’ I also purchased a Kindle version so that when needed, I could easily search for help with my new story elements.

This book introduces novices to the world of writing. The author teaches everything a writer needs to know, from: how to use tools like Lorum Ipsum (which helps a stuck writer revisit their work later) to pitfalls that every novice writer makes like: too much telling.
It teaches how to go deeper with writing skills and gives direction on how to let the setting and dialogue do the storytelling rather than using the ‘he did’, ‘she went’, or ‘they turned’ type of writing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have tool to keep at your elbow. 31 December 2014
By Nikki - Published on Amazon.com
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Something you should know about me. I have a very large collection of writing books covering different styles, techniques, and genres. I can't help myself. I love reading the thoughts of other writers. What works. What doesn't. This book is on a whole other level. E.J. doesn't just rattle off lists of do and do not. She explains the logic behind the process and points out areas I never thought about before. It isn't just about writing the best sentence. It's about digging deep into your characters and plot. Reversely, it isn't just about motivation and story arc. It's also about finding the perfect word to convey how you feel. It's taking those word and wondering, if you tweaked the order, could you make it sing. She has changed my world for the better.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Writer’s Tool 4 January 2015
By Anon Anon - Published on Amazon.com
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Tell Me (How to Write) A Story is an essential guide for anyone who wants to be a good writer. Although intended for novice writers, I believe writers of any experience level benefit from author E.J. Runyon’s sage advice.

This book is written in six parts, with chapters going deeper into each subject. You can use this book in any order, I tend to skip around and read the subjects that are important to me on any given day. My copy is only a few months old, but is already well-loved, with a broken spine, and creased pages.

I suggest getting both the eBook and paperback.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Storytelling Guide 30 December 2014
By R. Holt - Published on Amazon.com
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Turns out there are so many different aspects to writing a good novel that it's hard to know if you're missing one. Or several even. This can be a real problem. Thankfully, tell Me How to Write a Story is the solution. If you've read any of her fiction, you know that EJ is a gifted storyteller. This book is a how-to guide for better storytelling. Highly recommended.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the novice writer. EJ shows you how to write your novel better. 23 October 2013
By Lee Lomas - Author - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the first sentences that stood out for me as a new writer was when she wrote about attending her first writers conference and asking another 'what's an adjective or adverb?' I knew we were going to get along when I read the humor and how I felt when asking a similar question.

Adding a human element helps us as new writers to connect to other's who are mentors to us. Another bonus to her book is that she helps one through the exercises by being able to use your own work as part of the process.

EJ starts off with letting you the novice know that it is OK to use the book whether you have written a piece already or never penned a single word.

EJ talks about running an inventory of your character's attributes, characteristics and traits as those things change the most over the course of the novel.

There are many things I've never heard of and been stumped by in reading or listening to other writers. In this book she is explaining many of those terms. Have you ever heard of reversal? Nope I hadn't until she asked; what actions could reverse any one of her character traits as the story progresses?

I'm learning quite a bit and EJ has a very calming way of explaining and showing us what she is talking about and I would recommend her book to anybody that wants to understand more about the process of great writing.
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