While working over my ACT III this week, trying to find a slam-bang finish, I went back through my old McD notes and reviewed a few of the major writing concepts we learned. Conflict, character arc, story structure, beginnings and endings, most of these concepts have been discussed at length here at Eight Ladies, but there’s one that resonates with me more than the others as I look for my ending.
As writers, we are in the business of making the audience care. Whether consciously or not, it’s what we’re all striving to do as we write our stories. We want to grab our audience from the very first page and hook them into the story. The best way, maybe the only way to do this is to make them care about our characters and their stories.
Andrew Stanton talks about the idea in detail in his nineteen minute TED talk: “The Clues to a Great Story”. For those of you who enjoy watching a good storyteller, I highly recommend you spend twenty minutes on it. If nothing else, the sexy Scottish accent he uses in his opening bit makes it time well spent. For those of you writing your own story, however, it’s a vital primer on developing a good story that shouldn’t be missed.