What is a story? Why do stories exist? How do they work? What gives one story power and leaves another flat? What can I do to make the very best of my story ideas? What tools are available to me to make stories that grip and intrigue?

"A wonderful combination of technical knowledge combined with the recognition that Story must come from the heart of the individual." Lorraine Faulkner - Seminar Delegate

"Fantastic. A bible for writers." Bookshelf

"Highly recommended for anyone in the business of story development." Marion Pilowsky (Film Producer - Sleuth; Being Julia; Little Fish...) 

"Where was this treasure when I was writing my first book?" Kerri Cuevas (Review)

Simply a must for anyone wanting to understand how to turn ideas into stories that sell.

The Story Book 

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PUBLIC REVIEWS (Amazon Average - 5 STARS)

Stephen Hermer (Trenton, Ontario Canada)
The Story Book (Kindle Edition)

I've bought and read an awful lot of books on writing in the last year, and this is by far the standout. As others have commented, the author really gets the importance of subtext and knowledge gaps across to the reader. He uses excellent examples from books and movies that almost anyone can relate to, so the reader is not left looking for that old copy of catcher in the rye to follow examples.

Highly recommended, easily five stars.

5 Stars 5 stars wonderful writing advice, July 5, 2011
Barb (Roma, Italy)
This review is from: The Story Book - a writers' guide to story development, principles, problem resolution and marketing (Kindle Edition)
I have by now read a certain number of books on writing. I found this one entertaining AND useful. It covers most kinds of writing (screenplays, prose, you name it - and I've tried them all, so I know what he's talking about) in an original and effective way, with excellent examples, loads of writerly wisdom and mostly reminding aspiring writes that there are no rules except "keep writing".
I might not agree with everything he says in the book, but 90% is really good advice, so if you're still looking for somebody who can guide you in your writing journey, this is an excellent mentor - including the guests at the end.

5 Stars 5 stars A Must Have for Writer's, May 25, 2011
Reading books on the subject of writing can be iffy--is the book overloaded with information, will it tell me the rules, will it be a snoozer, or will I be left with a feeling of being overwhelmed? Then I read David's credentials as a published author, scriptwriter, and PhD scholar in story theory and they impressed me enough to give it a go.

All of my fears were laid to rest. My first reaction was "Where was this treasure when I wrote my first story?" (You know the one; it's now buried in the backyard.) THE STORY BOOK is the holy grail of writing books. It gives you the information using diagrams and examples from both movies and books that are easily identifiable. You are sure to walk away with an understanding of the foundation of what goes into a good story and the confidence to write something that is marketable.

4 Stars 4 stars It's all about subtext!, May 22, 2011
This review is from: The Story Book (Kindle Edition)
Anyone who wants to develop their story writing skills will want to read this book. That's not the what author David Baboulene calls the `log line' that hooks you in - it is my own view after reading The Story Book.

An interesting exploration of the roots of story making is developed through clever and detailed analysis of some unexpected works, such as character development in Toy Story and plot structure in Back to the Future.

David enjoys challenging the reader (yes I fell for most of the set ups), making you want to return to earlier sections and re-read them. If you want to be provoked into really thinking about your approach to writing stories, this is definitely the book for you.

5 stars 5 stars Unique insight into stories and how they work, May 7, 2011
This review is from: The Story Book (Kindle Edition)
So much good sense in this book it's wonderful. You get real knowledge of stories and how they work and I feel massively inspired to write now and put some of this knowledge into practice for my own ideas. If you work in any way with stories you have to know this stuff but it's real interesting, since reading this book, just to watch a film or something and understand the way the story works. Highly recommended.


5 stars 5 stars Learn how to make your stories work, April 9, 2011
This review is from: The Story Book: (Paperback)

This is an excellent guide that shows how to make stories work. I have read a lot of books trying to understand how to improve my own writing and I love this book because the theories are intuitive and they seem right.
I wish I had this book when I wrote my first novel Call me Aphrodite because then I might have understood more of what I was trying to do. Still, who knows?

4 stars stars Insightful Advice for Aspiring Writers, April 5, 2011
This review is from: The Story Book (Kindle Edition)

I've not read many books on writing. To be honest, I have tried, but never managed to complete some of them. Some are too prescriptive, resulting in creative limitations, and many just state the bleeding obvious, much of which is common sense anyway! I find trawling the Internet for tips on writing much more useful.

Having said that, I've really enjoyed David's book. As he is completing a PhD in story theory, he includes in his book some research into the history of storytelling, and the psychology of the reader, which I found totally fascinating! Tips of the trade are gleaned from interviews with the big names of the publishing and film industries, including Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels; Bob Gales, scriptwriter for the Back to the Future trilogy; Willy Russell, the theatre legend who brought us Blood Brothers and Shirley Valentine, to name a few; and Stewart Ferris, MD of Summersdale, one of the leading UK independent publishers.

David's advice on writing is insightful without being too prescriptive, and he constantly gives useful examples from the movies, particularly from Back to the Future. His observations are grounded, realistic, and though the statistics quoted on success rates is a bit depressing, his final message is one we no doubt all subscribe to: write what you love; the structure, subtext, and everything else will come in time.

5 stars 5 stars Worthy Addition to a Writer's Bookshelf, March 26, 2011
This review is from: The Story Book (Kindle Edition)
"Most writers think they must write subtext in order to deliver an underlying story. This is wrong... If the story is created using knowledge gaps, then the real story is received in subtext." David Baboulene, The Story Book.

Subtext, and how to generate it effectively within a story, forms the heart of The Story Book. Author David Baboulene is currently writing a Ph.D thesis on the theory that the more subtext a story contains the more satisfying the reader/audience finds it. If you haven't previously considered subtext as an important element of your storytelling, this book is a must-read.