Monday, May 10, 2010

Good Story Telling

The following are notes from a writers' workshop I attended. I think this is the best summary of what we writers try do do, than anything else I've ever come across. These five points are excellent reminders to have on a sticky note in front of you every time you sit down.
  • Characterization
    • Dialogue that is sharp
    • Personality that the reader can identify with
    • Senses that place the reader in the scene
  • Motivation
    • Basis for believability and empathy
  • Conflict
    • Struggle
    • Tension
    • Stress
    • Action that takes the reader scene to scene
  • Point of view
    • Place the reader in the MCs mind
    • Bring setting alive
    • Create empathy
  • Emotional inentsity
    • Create gotcha moments
    • Ahas
    • "Oh crap" events
    • Tears
    • Laughs
Write Every Day!


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