Today we explore the ingredients of a compelling, engaging, suspenseful dramatic situation: desire, conflict (giving rise to uncertainty of outcome), consequences in the form of stakes, urgency in the form of a deadline, and empathy for the character. To heighten the suspense, increase the uncertainty, raise the stakes, and magnify the urgency.
Join us in a conversation with award-winning author Janice Hardy as we discuss the question, "What makes a great story?". We discuss show, don’t tell, point of view, villains, consequences, stakes, moral grey areas for characters, and discovery writing versus conceptual writing.
Join us in a conversation with Angel Rodriguez Bustamante, a psychologist and storytelling consultant. In this episode, we discuss two effective methods for creating tension, the types of events that lead to character change, the importance of contrast in storytelling, and the importance of consequences.