WT&TT: Simplicity and Elegance in Storytelling

Chuck’s advice makes sense. It makes more sense when taken as a whole than when read in small chunks, so head over to his website.

Remember to ask: what’s the motivation?

After finishing the F Words and Character Personality Types, I asked that question of each character I had a heading for. Try it!

Simplicity And Elegance In Storytelling

by terribleminds

I went off a bit the other day on Twitter regarding overcomplexity in fiction — I’ve seen it too many times now, especially across SFF and across thrillers or even horror novels, where convoluted characters motivations and plots get in the way of a damn good story.

A chief example of this in film right now is the James Bond franchise. The re-do of Casino Royale is a nearly perfect package — its packaging of the character and the plot are compressed so tightly, it turns an otherwise coal-black franchise into a shining fucking diamond. It’s a lesson they forget in the follow-ups, where the work just gets more bloated and convoluted and everyone seems to act in thrall to a blither-blather knot-tangle plot rather than acting in service to the elegance of the first Daniel Craig installment. Actually, Tarantino’s films have gone this way, too — Reservoir Dogs is about as tightly woven as they come. Then, with each successive release, his films get bigger and more tangled and seem more in service to his style and his lack of narrative control rather than to telling the aforementioned damn good story.

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One thought on “WT&TT: Simplicity and Elegance in Storytelling

  1. I find that to be the case lately, with characters, plots and even landscapes. There’s so much detail you wonder after a while where the story went. If you have to keep going back to the beginning; or if you need an index to check up on who’s who and what’s what; and if you need complex maps and enough details to build a planet-busting super mother ship before you get to the action, by then I’ve returned the book to the library and gone back to Greg Bear; Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert… just to clear my mind. You don’t mind deep detail in a book like Tolkien’s Silmarillion because somehow you need it “there” but the wham-bam fiction thrillers and fantasies don’t need that much detailing. Written for entertainment, they’ll get you there with holes in the floor and even a back door missing. Zip up the jacket, wear rubber boots… and step on the gas.

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