Here are my takes on the antagonist breakdowns of the stories we looked at last week (for main character want, need, flaw, symptoms). Continue reading
We’re looking at how the masters give their characters emotional wants and needs and character flaws. Here’s what I’ve seen in the stories I’ve read lately: Continue reading
Usually when backstory is effectively used, you don’t notice it. It’s often “marbled” in with the front story, as James Scott Bell says. Still, here are some examples of backstory that I have noticed (or remembered): Continue reading
We’re looking at how to make our characters more interesting by giving them lots of irreconcilable conflict. Here are some examples I’ve noticed in the stories I’ve read or watched recently. As usual, I will add more examples as I come across them in my readings. For now… Continue reading
Some stories seem to lend themselves to lots of clones, others not so much. These are the clones examples I’ve noticed in the books I’ve read lately. Continue reading
So, we’re filling out the Master Premise Tool we developed on Monday: Continue reading
So, what themes, what one-word topics do the masters write about? Continue reading
A couple weeks ago we looked at how master novelists write one-line synopses. One of them really emphasized stakes, so I picked that one to read with an eye for developing, heightening, and deepening stakes.
Ladies and Gents, I give you: Continue reading
The designing principle, more or less, is the collection of creative things you do to present and tell your story.
In no particular order, here are some examples of how the masters have done it: Continue reading