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How Story works

An elegant guide to the craft of storytelling, How Story Works is simple, straightforward, and direct. Bestselling author and award-winning story expert Lani Diane Rich walks you through an extensible story theory that works regardless of the form you’re working with. This direct theory will help you build a story that works, fix a story that’s broken, and analyze the stories you love to give you a better understanding of how it all works.


How Story Works is a writing encyclopedia, a road map, and a pep talk all rolled into one—the rare ‘How To’ that feels like you’re having a fun chat with an enthusiastic expert who can’t wait to read what you’ve created. If you have a story inside of you, this book can help you get it out of there and into the world where it belongs.”

Josh Siegal
Producer, 30 Rock, The Good Place, Saved By The Bell

Available Services

How Story Works

How Story Works is a book that simplifies the craft of storytelling down to the fundamentals so that you can get out of your own way and let your magic shine.


Writing Consultations

I am available for one-on-one writing consultations to answer questions and give advice. Visit my Calendly page to schedule.

Story Coaching

I provide a number of services to writers looking to amp up their story game, have their fiction stories edited, and consult to be sure they’re on the right track. Email me to learn more about the services I provide.

Speaking and Workshops

I am available to businesses, writing groups and other organizations who would like me to speak or teach at their events. Please reach out for more information.


I talk about and analyze stories like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman through Chipperish Media.

Dear Writer

About once a week, I write a personal letter talking about my relationship to my own writing in my newsletter, Dear Writer.

Say Hello!

If you have questions, would like to hire me to help you design or fix a story, or are interested in having me speak for your organization, contact me using the form below, and let’s talk!

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