How can you create characters with unique and interesting flaws that lead into plots that will enliven your stories? In today's interview, Will Storr explains the science of storytelling.
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Will Storr is an award-winning writer, the author of five critically acclaimed novels, a prize-winning journalist, an in-demand ghostwriter of bestselling books, and an international speaker on storytelling. Today, we're talking about his fantastic book, The Science of Storytelling.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and full transcript below.
- The hard work that storytelling is for most writers
- How we can use cause and effect in storytelling
- Giving characters depth and flaws without being cliched
- On creating original characters
- Why gossip is fundamental to storytelling
- The importance of linking character and plot together
- Dealing with character flaws in a series
- How TV has changed readers’ expectations of books
- Writing without fear of judgment