Today we are talking about the art of storytelling.
What makes a book, a movie, or even a picture good? The answer is a good story.
Let's take film production for example. You can have an action packed production with blockbuster scene after blockbuster scene. It doesn't have to be action packed. Maybe you have a film on the quieter side but you have amazing b-roll strung together and edited beautifully. Either way, if it's not telling a compelling story, not only is it not going to be very good, it's not going to be memorable or resonate with your audience.
Now let's take a look at books for another example. If you're reading a book that has 30 pages of scenery description, then goes on to 30 more pages of character description, and then 8 chapters of back story and the plot is not moving forward, you're going to get bored and want to move on to something else.
So whatever your writing, find a good balance and move your plot forward. Just like with a delicious dish, you have to have all the right ingredients and the right amount of seasonings.
In a good story you have to have a good blend of description, action(if that's necessary in your story), a good backstory for character/world building (but not too much details so the plot doesn't move forward), and some kind of conflict that puts your characters in a position where they have to make some kind of important decision.
Keep in mind that the way you set up your writing depends on what you are writing.
When writing film, you need a lot of directional writing and lots of dialog, and this is very similar for comic writing as well. All the details are in the visuals and what the characters are saying.
When writing books or novels, you need to be descriptive enough so your readers can Immerse themselves in your story and picture the world and the characters you're creating. But as mentioned, don't over do it. You want people to care about your characters but you don't want to overload them with details and give too much non essential information.
So do a mental checklist. Make sure you ask yourself, does this move the plot forward? Make sure you're balancing description and action and creating characters people will care about.
So, Tell a good story and it'll be more memorable. This advice goes for books, movies, tv shows, even drawings or pictures.
As always, be kind, stay positive and keep creating.
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