Books for Storytelling
Recommended reading for mastering the art of storytelling.
Why Storytelling is so Powerful
The Intelligence Paradox
Discussion of the Savanah Principal which contends that that humans are not good at coping with things not found in the ancestral environment and that stories are a key way we learn new information.
Made to Stick
Based over a decade of research into urban myths, viral stories and effective messages, the authors share what we can do to help our stories stick in the minds of our audience.
Storytelling Structure and Theory
Save the Cat
An easy, fun read which breaks down the small number of patterned behind almost all movie screenplays, although many of the truths apply far wider than just the big screen.
The Golden Theme
Short book espousing the basic idea that good stories often follows the ‘We are all the same’ arc. A short, quick read which belies its depth and power.
Advice on telling effective stories
The New York Times bestseller that explains why certain products and ideas become popular. It also contains lesson of which emotions to use in stories and what to include to improve your chances of viral success.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
A rather meaty book on how our minds work and the common traps we fall into. A must for any storyteller looking to connect with people in the real world.
Advanced story telling techniques
Into the Woods
Top BBC writer John York breaks down different types of stories and contends that they all come from one overarching myth – the fairytale journey into the woods.
Anatomy of Story
John Truby is a major movie story theorist and has created his own version of the archetypical narrative, the ‘22 block’ story structure.