Three-Dimensional Character Building

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

Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?

Stephen King, in his seminal work On Writing, says the following about Plotting: "Plot is, I think, the good writer's last resort, and the dullard's first choice." Wait, what? I'm a Plotter! Or, at least, I was until five seconds after I read that line recently. See, these days I've been stuck in neutral, my tires spinning … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Plotter vs Pantser, or, Did Stephen King really just call me a Dullard?