I used to wonder how Pixar came out with such great movies, year after year. Then, I found out a normal Pixar film takes six years to develop, and most of that time is spent on the story. Want to become a writer?
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Elizabeth Sims June 19, Whenever I think of the word gatekeeper, a little film clip from The Wizard of Oz starts up in my head, where the fearsome palace guard denies Dorothy and friends access to the Wizard.
They seem bigger than you. They give stern lectures.
Except remember what happens? Thus the great secret is revealed: Here are seven ways successful authors make their stories crackle with authority and get the gatekeepers on their side. These techniques will work on any kind of fiction: Go beyond the five senses. Most writers know enough to put in sensations beyond sight and sound.
Agents and editors love the five senses, but they want and expect more.
They want physical business that deepens not just your setting, but your characterizations. The best authors use body language in their narratives. Yet it absolutely gives texture and depth to your work. Begin by reading up on body language. Dwell inside your characters and sense how they feel in any given situation.
Brian paused and lit a cigarette. He exhaled a stream of smoke at the window. If Brian needs a cigarette, use the moment fully: I should add that you can pick apart any masterwork on that basis: Human weirdness follows patterns we can all relate to or at least understand.
One of the biggest is that love—or sex, at least—makes people irrational. We throw over the picture-perfect millionaire for the rough-around-the-edges dirt biker with debt; we lie to our faithful wife on the phone while bonking the secretary in a motel.
Which goes to show that if you incorporate a strong enough motivating factor—even an irrational one—you can easily establish a plausible reason for erratic actions on the part of your characters.
And those characters are far more interesting to read about than those who always behave rationally. Similarly, any number of terrific plot turns can result when you give a character an obsession—random or not—or an idiosyncrasy that can act as a thread through the story.
For instance, someone who is obsessed can become single-mindedly so, leading to horrible errors in judgment.
Control freaks turn vainglorious and become prone to fatal decisions: In fact, a little capriciousness here can be beneficial. Which one are you sort of avoiding dealing with? What if he categorically will not show up anywhere on time?
Automatically, this character becomes more interesting, and automatically we feel a little detonation of uh-oh: This sort of characterization does two things: It makes a character stronger as a dramatic device, and it makes him more memorable.Jun 21, · Books That Improve Your Mood 25 Feel-Good Books That Will Boost Your Mood.
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Every author wants their readers to like the books they write. However, in my experience as both an author and a publisher, only in a couple of cases have my authors or I taken the time to assess whether our books 'feel good' to read/5(4). Want to write a good book? Ok, but get in line since most pro authors are still trying to figure that out too.
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