Wednesday, April 17, 2013

207 ~on storytelling


The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller explains how a great story works, along with the techniques needed to create one.

All stories move in this way.

“Once a character has a desire, the story ‘walks’ on two ‘legs’: acting and learning. A character pursuing a desire takes actions to get what he wants, and he learns new information about better ways to get it. Whenever he learns new information, he makes a decision, and changes his course of action.”

A good premise is crucial to your success

“What you choose to write about is far more important than any decision you make about how to write it.

Character, plot, theme, symbol—it all comes out of this story idea. If you fail at the premise, nothing else will help. Nine out of ten writers fail at the premise.”

“Premise รจ Star Wars: When a princess falls into mortal danger, a young man uses his skills as a fighter to save her and defeat the evil forces of a galactic empire.”

Developing you premise

“Step 1: Write something that may change your life

Step 2: Look for what’s possible

Step 3: Identify the story challenges and problems

Step 4: Find the designing principle (what organizes the story as a whole)

Step 5: Determine your best character in the idea

Step 6: Get a sense of the central conflict

Step 7: Get a sense of the single cause-and-effect pathway

Step 8: Determine your hero’s possible character change.

Step 9: Figure out the hero’s possible moral choice.

Step 10: Gauge the audience appeal.”

Thinking of the hero and other characters as connected individuals

“We’ll begin by focusing on all your characters together as a part of an interconnected web. Next we’ll individualize each character based on theme and opposition. Then we’ll concentrate on the hero, building him step-by-step. We’ll create the opponent in detail, and we’ll end by working through the character techniques for building conflict over the course of the story.”

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