Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate

Author: Brian McDonald
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by nobody_nothing   2021-06-22
This single best book on storytelling that I've ever read is 'Invisible Ink' by Brian McDonald [1].

Of all the concepts in my comment above, the one it covers most in-depth is "theme" (the book calls it "armature," but same idea).

The main argument of the book is that storytelling is an evolved survival mechanism, and that every great story conveys a single piece of survival information (think the morals of Aesop's fables).

Every other technique discussed in the book is built atop that fundamental truth, and exists to help the storyteller prove that piece of survival information.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Ink-Practical-Building-Reso...

by BeetleB   2018-03-14
Item 4 is one I've seen elsewhere: https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Ink-Practical-Building-Reso...

In fact, I recall a Pixar writer said it was one of his favorite books.

Actually, I found it (same blog):

https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/22/the-story-spine-...

Apparently the author claims neither he nor Pixar came up with it.