Drawing on Gary Provost's proven philosophies, Peter Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. Through advice, exercises, and an outstanding array of examples, you'll lean to create gripping narratives powered by strong characters. You'll discover the secrets of sequencing, of weaving subplots into rich stories, and manipulating story pace to increase conflict, tension, and surprise.
"Rarely does a writing guide arrive with the authority of HOW TO TELL A STORY."
"HOW TO TELL A STORY is a must for anybody who writes nonfiction or fiction--television and screenwriters included."
—Hugh Wilson, creator of WKRP in Cincinnati
and director of The First Wives Club
"A most useful book that will aid anyone trying to become a writer of fiction.
I recommend it highly."
--Roderick Thorp, bestselling author of River, Die Hard, and Detective
"Gary Provost was one of the best friends a writer ever had. He knew that all writers
face a hard challenge: to take their ideas, aspirations, and vapors of creativity,
and make them concrete for the reader. How to do it? Treat writing as a craft,
with techniques that can be learned, with tricks that can be taught. In this book,
Peter Rubie shows Gary Provost as his best."
--William Martin, author of Cape Cod and Annapolis
"HOW TO TELL A STORY offers a harvest of time-tested, problem-solving techniques that will enrich every writer's art and craft. It's a feast of innovative, clearly stated advice that will nourish a writer's confidence and career. Read it and you will reap its many rewards."
--Gerald Gross, author of Editors on Editing