What we can learn from Beauty and the Beast About Plot, Tension and Obstacles

  Disney's much hyped adaptation of Beauty and the Beast was released at the weekend. The film broke box office records with an estimated $170 million, making it the seventh largest opening weekend of all time. It's a story that engages your emotions and keeps you hooked to the end. I was discussing the film with someone today who … Continue reading What we can learn from Beauty and the Beast About Plot, Tension and Obstacles

Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story

  What is a story arc and why is it important? A story arc is the episodes within a storyline; it is the narrative structure of a book or a story (or even a film, or a series of TV episodes). It is the rising and falling of tension, and the pacing and timbre of a plot. … Continue reading Narrative Arc: Shaping Your Story

Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

http://youtu.be/xVuG27Ij3Bs I watched Argo over the weekend, having seen it win an impressive collection of awards. Among it's accolades were: Seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, winning three, for Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award … Continue reading Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

How to Write a Character From Start to Finish

The best fiction is about a character who changes in some significant way. The selfish brute learns to put others first. The woman marrying for money decides to marry for love. The career ladder climber learns to cut back on his hours to enjoy his family. The bitter old crone learns to let others in. The independent … Continue reading How to Write a Character From Start to Finish

The Best Characters Are Broken

'The best characters are broken.' I came across this quote yesterday and it has stayed with me. I started to think about why this is the case and how the reader identifies with broken characters. The quote was a little nugget in a much longer article by writer Faith Hunter. She writes in the fantasy/thriller genre … Continue reading The Best Characters Are Broken