How Stories Work

Extraordinary insight into how stories get their power to grip and intrigue a human mind

Cover of The Story Book a writers' guide to story development, principles, problem resolution and marketing David Baboulene

Reviews from aspiring writers... 

"I wish I had a time machine. If I did, I'd take this book back in time and give it to sixteen-year-old me and say "Here, you need to read this RIGHT NOW."

"This book will show you the way - the PROPER way - to get good enough to become a published writer. And I want you to start reading it NOW, so you can start making serious steps to improving your writing NOW, instead of waiting twenty-odd flippin' years to get the confidence and the knowledge to go for it." 

"This book is a must-buy for anyone who wants to take their writing to the next level - a potentially publishable level."

"David gives you new ways to think about what and how you write that are inspiring and encouraging. If you only buy one Writing How-to book this year, you'll be doing yourself a massive favour if it's this one."

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"I can't tell you how good it feels to finally UNDERSTAND!!!!!!! I mean every exclaimation point.

This book doesn't look glamourous. Never heard of this David dude. Reviews with phrases like "the history of storytelling," "the psychology of the reader," and "Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs," might tempt you to skip this one.

Oh you foolish, foolish writer. I plead with you to save yourself time and angst and just buy this book. This is the only writing book I've read that deals with mechanics of how to use literary techniques in your work, the only one that describes the important connection between reader expectation, story knowledge, and a plot that sings above and below the surface."

Dave --I'll call him Dave, I am an American -- let me understand the fabric of story in a way no other book has ever done. Thank you for writing this book."

"I'm through the fog.

All those years, and other books, trying to find the 'formula', and 'Eureka!', here it is. An excellent book cutting through the dross and stating in simple terms (why use ten words to pad the book out when one will do) exactly what all new writers, and struggling writers have been searching for, and wanted to know for years."

"My Pocket MFA!"

You need this book if you are an unpublished writer because chances are you are going to find concepts covered here that you have NEVER SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE IN ANY OTHER WRITING HOW-TO BOOK."

"Probably the best $3 I have ever spent on Amazon!"
Amazing...and I have read a LOT of books on how novels/fiction writing works...or should work. This is in my top 5. Probably my top 3."

"A brainy no-brainer!

I purchased this on kindle and have to say it is one of the best books ever written on the subject. Ever. And I have read quite a few. I mean forget the reasonable price, this would still be worth buying if it cost £15.99. The author is not just a knowledgable writer but an effective teacher. The way subjects are broken down and explained really opens your eyes to all kinds of hidden depths involved in crafting a work of fiction."

This Changes EVERYTHING.

This honestly has had a big impact on my own writing. I have all kinds of higher education qualifications as a writer, but no course I've ever taken has ever gone into the philosophy of WHY we write, what we aim to achieve, and what people expect when they read. My whole approach has been re-set. Thank you David, if you ever read this review.

 You got the idea yet?! YOU NEED THIS BOOK! 



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A Few From Applying the Learning...

Carolyn Goodyear Writer/Producer
David’s love and understanding of story has elevated many of my scripts which have subsequently gone on to be produced and win awards. He’s a fantastic story consultant – encouraging and full of good ideas – I can’t imagine ever writing a script without asking David to read it.
Mark Halliley
Mark Halliley Writer/Producer
We cannot recommend David highly enough. His insights and expertise have been invaluable, helping us get our script to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.
Alex Marx
Alex Marx Writer
Story is based on the psychology in the conversation between an author and an audience. David brings the world genuinely new tools and methods that give you an objective and measurable understanding of how good your story is and clarity in how to improve it. Highly recommended.