Story Theory: How to Write Like J.R.R. Tolkien in Three Easy Steps

Dunlith Hill
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We all know how to tell stories just like we all know our native language, having heard both since we were born. People, however, who study their native language discover there’s much they misunderstood or simply didn’t know. The same is true of story when we look at it more carefully.

With topics that include the theory of story as model, the fractal key to narrative complexity, and the art of the long form, this volume will show you the essence of stories and storytelling.

It’s advanced stuff—no writing prompts or exercises here—but if you want to understand how stories are the minimum container of significance, how storytelling is like commanding an artillery battery, and why the three easy steps are, 1) lather, 2) rinse, and 3) repeat, this volume is for you.

And like deep magic, once you comprehend the nature of the art, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a master story weaver.

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About the author

Trained as an anthropologist, engineer, and historian, Deren Hansen brings a unique structural perspective to the conversation about writing and the writing life.

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Publisher
Dunlith Hill
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Published on
Aug 23, 2012
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Pages
100
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ISBN
9781938994036
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Features
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Authorship
Language Arts & Disciplines / Composition & Creative Writing
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This content is DRM free.
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