Want a Resonant Character? Give Them Their Own Groundhog Day
Why Leon Is One of THE Best Examples of How to Avoid Cliche Characters
Have you ever had that feeling as though every single day of your life were exactly the same? That there wasn’t anything exciting happening in your day-to-day, and every new dawn was yet another twenty-four hours of the same routines and habits? Well, isn’t that really the reality for most of us? Living the same […]
Why Truman Would NOT Be a Compelling Character Without This…
When you were creating and conceptualizing your characters, did you ever get that feeling that you’ve seen them somewhere before? You know… that feeling that they aren’t very original, or that they’re just copies of your favorite character? Or maybe, you can’t help but shake the feeling that all of your characters sounds the same, […]
Why Without the Right Character Motivation, Gattaca Wouldn’t Be as Interesting
I totally get it. I get why you want to write. I should, because I have probably felt the same way once too. There was a time where it was all about my own personal creativity. I wrote and told stories because I simply loved diving deeper into my subconscious and picking out the bits […]
How Repeated Imagery Creates AMAZING Character Change in The Shawshank Redemption
It was English poet, John Donne that famously said, “No man is an island.” Even in this day and age, our main goal in society is to connect with others. Hence the emergence of social media. In fact, haven’t we heard somewhere before that the reason why young people these days are so into social […]
Six Basic Questions to a Better Story
When was the last time that you felt as though a character in a story (whether that be from a book, movie, or TV show) was one of your closest friends? Where you felt like you’d been with them their whole lives, watched them grow, watched them struggle, watched them suffer through all their trials […]
How Do You Come Up with Good Ideas for a Story?
Coming up with ideas for a story can be hard. AND IT REALLY IS. But there are a few very simple steps that you can take to nurture that initial burst of inspiration, and have the cogs in your head start turning. The first thing you have to consider, is that every story has several […]
Do I HAVE to Outline My Story?
Now this a question we all wrestle with, isn’t it? How does anyone come up with good story ideas? Seth Godin suggests that the secret to coming up with a good idea is to put a lot of bad ideas to the test. Somehow, I can’t help but agree. Why? Because no one is ever […]
No. You don’t have to do anything you think you shouldn’t do. But it wouldn’t hurt to try. I Didn’t Like Outlining Either Once upon a time, I too was a pantser (or someone who writes on the seat of their pants). I had no plan. I didn’t even have any clue as to how I could […]