You are one lucky ducky. Know why? Because writers can learn about storytelling just about anywhere. Life itself is a story. All we have to do is sit back and watch!
But one of the best specific places where writers can learn how to better their craft is by reading masterful books. As we approach the August 1st release date for my writing how-to book Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, I’d like to share ten quick lessons you can take away from this book right now. In lieu of the standard book trailer, graphic wizard Sean Brunke put together this fun little video for us.
1. Readers love brave characters more than they love “good” characters.
2. Characters have to earn the thing they want most.
3. Good antagonists come in many shapes and sizes.
4. Readers will love even an unethical character—if the character is honest.
5. Weather can create: tone, mood, theme, foreshadowing, tension, and conflict.
7. Theme is strongest when it asks rather than answers.
8. Good chapter cliffhangers can hook readers with: outright questions, implied questions, interrupted scenes, irony.
9. Interesting scenes are born of the contradiction between a character’s inner and outer goals.
10. A clever use of foreshadowing can make readers believe anything.