Love stories offer most powerful tool for creating character arc and taking reader on journey
What a thrill to attend Michael Hauge’s story writing workshop at the recent RWA conference. Apparently, we were the biggest audience he’s ever had for a presentation on writing – and we loved it!
For those of you who don’t know much about Michael – he’s a screen-writer and writing/screen coach who works in Hollywood and has consulted on many of the major HW films in the past decades.
Michael covered a lot in our all-day session. Starting with some clips from some movies he used to illustrate his messages. So what were some of his messages?
Some of those that resonated with me were:
You need to create an emotional experience for your reader or watcher
You need to transport the reader/watcher into the world you’ve created
Your goal as a writer is to elicit emotion in the reader
So how do we do that?
Michael went into a lot of detail about main characters, their outer motivations and their inner journey. I will cover more about that in my next few blog posts as there’s a lot to take in. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with another of my favourite quotes from the workshop
Stories are a participatory experience. People read novels not because it is interesting to see what happens, but as an emotional journey to experience for themselves.