So. I teach my students there are four primary elements of storytelling: Character, Conflict, Plot, and Point of View. And I argue that perhaps the single most important element of storytelling is Character, because each of the other elements emerges from what an author does with Character. Lajos Egri, a Hungarian playwright and creative writing … Continue reading Three-Dimensional Character Building
Ideas rattle through the cavernous recesses of my mind perpetually. They seem to come in all the "normal" places--you know, the shower, the car. While listening to a particular artist, while staring at the ceiling above my bed. I dutifully jot down the nuggets of these ideas and go about the rest of my day, … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Don’t Panic, or, The Perils of Exposition
This bad boy isn't leaving my desk. It's the impetus. The tool. Shouting: quit-checking-the-internet-and-write-you-em-eff-er! It's been far too long.