We discuss brainstorming Character Hooks – instantly intriguing character traits that are full of dramatic and/or comedic potential. When you read a book’s flap copy or see the trailer for a movie it’s not just the the plot conceit, world, tone, style, and the talent involved that makes you want pony up your hard-earned cash. Hopefully it’s also the character concept. Will James Monohan be able to convince co-host Jason Ginsburg, a self-professed plot-oriented writer, that hooky character concepts are equally valid starting points when brainstorming? Tune in to this practical idea-centric episode to find out!
P.S. Storyometer users. A new update to James’ brainstorming app is coming in about 12 days, featuring more content and some cool functional changes. Get ready!
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In The Narrative Breakdown, Cheryl Klein, James Monohan, and other guest co-hosts discuss storytelling tips and techniques of interest to any writer, student, or fan of quality creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, fan fiction, English literature, etc. Each episode, Cheryl and James draw upon their respective experiences in publishing and filmmaking to analyze popular novels, movies, plays, television shows, short stories, and song lyrics. Featuring various co-hosts and writers, as well as material from Cheryl Klein’s book ‘Second Sight’ and James’ iPhone / iPad app ‘The Storyometer.’