Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Writing Lessons From Rogue One

Whether you've seen Rogue One yet or have no plans to, there are some writerly lessons to be learned from this blockbuster of a movie . . .

Go Big or Go Home
The story started out with conflict and didn't let up until the last, big knock-down-drag-out clash. Do that. Take your characters from bad to worse to oh-my-sweet-bunions-how-will-they-get-out-of-this-mess?

Take Risks
Without giving any spoilers, let's just say the ending is controversial. I happened to love it, but I'm just that quirky. The point is the writers took a risk in crafting the final scene with certain characters dying. It was a bold move and well worth it. Others may disagree, but either way, it causes a visceral reaction in a viewer, and that's what you want to create in your reader.

Come Full Circle
One of the best things about this story is that it finally tied up some loose ends and connected a few dots from previous Star Wars movies. Whether you're writing an epic or simply a stand alone, always do this. Tie in the beginning to the end to make your reader feel satisfied.

Connect on an Emotional Level
Rogue One begins with a child left to fend for herself. A cute child. Defenseless. Who's heartstrings aren't pulled when that child is threatened? Always have at least one character that really connects to the reader's heart.

Star Wars fan or not, these 4 little techniques will help you develop a better story so make sure to include them next time you sit down to write.

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