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

Story is Everything

Here are 25 thoughts on creating stories, in no particular order: A lot of things have beginnings, middles and ends — but that doesn’t make them stories. True stories have two parts: first something bad happens, second something bad is fixed (or a fix is at least attempted) Plot-driven and character-driven stories don’t really exist; all stories are … Continue reading Story is Everything

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

Developing Conflict and Tension

Today's guest post is written by Elizabeth Craig who writes the Memphis Barbeque series for Penguin/Berkley (as Riley Adams), the Southern Quilting mysteries (2012) for Penguin/NAL, and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink. She blogs daily at Mystery Writing is Murder, which was named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites … Continue reading Developing Conflict and Tension

Plot, Characters, Homeland, and What You Need to Achieve to Keep Readers Engaged

Are you hooked on Homeland? Yes? Great, we're on the same wavelength. No? Give it a go, I'm sure you'll be waiting for the next episode as soon as you have watched just one. Try it and let me know what you think. There is a trailer at the end of the post. I love … Continue reading Plot, Characters, Homeland, and What You Need to Achieve to Keep Readers Engaged