Story Tip Tuesday

I’m probably stating the obvious, but rarely do we buy a book or watch a film, or spend all weekend binge-watching our favourite television drama, in order to experience a slice of ‘real life’. Of course the incidents and relationships are based on things that we humans can understand and relate to, but the experience we are signing up for is a heightened version of reality, not reality itself. Even a classic film such as My Dinner with Andre is heightened as two old friends sit at a restaurant and enter into a feature-length philosophical discussion about life.

We, as an audience, want to be taken on an emotional journey. We want to laugh our heads off at a good comedy or feel our breath shorten with the tension of an exciting thriller. We have bought a front-row seat on the roller-coaster ride, and a successful writer knows that their task is to deliver this experience to the audience. In order to achieve this, it’s important to learn to craft your story in a heightened and dramatic w...

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