Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Academy Conference-Brandon Mull


Readers need to feel your characters.
Bring your characters to life!


Relationships
Relationships matter. Friends, family, schoolmates, rivals, pets, all matter.
Stories should be full of relationships.

Trouble
Change, problems, conflict, danger, murder, being lonely etc, are all trouble.
Story is interesting because of the trouble characters get into. The action has to be earned.

Decisions
As characters face trouble they make decisions.

Consequences
The character meets trouble, makes decisions, then deals with consequences, which may lead to more trouble and/or decisions.

Create characters we care about in relationships with trouble that intrigues us and decisions and consequences that satisfy us.

1 comment:

Ann Best said...

That pretty well sums it up, I think!! Excellent.
Ann Best, Long Journey Home