International bestselling author Cliff McNish shares his thoughts about getting to the deep core of characters, and how to avoid cliché by ‘never accepting your first idea’ and ‘staying in the moment’. We discuss the effectiveness of giving your protagonist seemingly insuperable problems, the darkness of picture books, and the need for a ‘desire line’: “Whenever you respond really deeply to a character, you always know what they want.”
Full show notes available here: https://www.prepublished.net/episodes/you-can-t-make-it-dark-enough
Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.
Links to resources:
Cliff’s website: https://www.cliffmcnish.com
Cliff’s posts on 'Notes From the Slushpile': https://www.notesfromtheslushpile.com/2013/05/deepening-character-conversation-with.html
John Truby on writing: https://truby.com
'Save the Cat' by Blake Snyder
‘Morning pages’, from 'The Artist’s Way' by Julia Cameron: https://juliacameronlive.com/basic-tools/morning-pages/
'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft', by Stephen King: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_Writing:_A_Memoir_of_the_Craft
'The Seven Basic Plots' by Christopher Brooker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Seven_Basic_Plots
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