Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Academy Conference-Brandon Mull

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

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

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.

As characters face trouble they make decisions.

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:

Anonymous said...

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