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Demian Malcher's picture
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What are your storytelling techniques?

So as I'm sure we all do here we all aim to improve as a artist and one of the ways is by learning new techniques such as making dialogue more efficient or different ways to do subtext. So what are some your storytelling techniques because I believe inspiration can come from anywhere and I'm willing to bet each and everyone reading this can inspire me in some way! 

Lily Blaze's picture
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I love your willingness to learn. It's a beautiful thing.

The writing technique that opened a lot of creative doors for me is called Deep POV. It's where you write from the point of view of the character's emotions.

B A Mason's picture
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I'll admit it: I simply steal from reality.
Writing an adventurous positive optimistic character, I'll quote journalists and activists.
When I'm writing a evil sleazy politician character, I'll watch the Republican National Convention and cherry-pick what their speakers say.
If I'm writing a yearning hopeful with big aspirations, I'll write from the heart.

CJ Walley's picture
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I follow the path of least resistance and, ironically, that's hard to do as we tend to believe the tougher going the work, the better the results. For me, everything is about indulgence which is fueled by passion and leads to motivation. A big part of my planning and execution is getting to the bottom of where the fun is for me. 

Craig Griffiths's picture
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I have simple rules. Show the person on the road to destruction. Give them chances to save themselves but their flaws stop them. Then when they start to turn to a good path I punish them. Back to self destructive behaviour.

Then the bad people win. 

The end.

FADE TO BLACK

Lily Blaze's picture
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Haha, Craig, you're such a sadist to your characters, I love it.

Craig Griffiths's picture
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For a thing I am finishing up now I am doing what Peter Jackson and Philipa (and there other writing pattern) do.  They write a small screenplay for each character telling the story from their POV.  They then weave this into one story.

The script I am working on has four stories all involving one man.  So I am taking this approach. I am writing each one completely and focused on just that story. I will then start the weave.

I'll let you know how it goes.

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first, i decide on which HOOK/PREMISE thing i want to write next – then i figure out WHEN/WHERE it happens (assuming that this isn't embedded in the H/P) – after that, i decide on WHO i'd like to see dealing with the H/P in the W/W i selected ...

then it's about choosing where to start and seeing what happens as the WHOs deal with the situation i've put them in

when i figure out how it ends, i start structuring the screenplay – and when i have that 70-90% there, i start on the vomit draft 

after that it's tweaking characters, structure, etc and re-writing over and over until i'm done

"easy"