ICCP 021: Here’s How to Tell Character-Driven Stories Forever (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, April 14, 2016 | by Ed Williams

35 minutes


Ed starts us off on a solo show and goes into how to unleash the soul of your character and get into the nuts-and-bolts of how you create a storytelling powerhouse out of that character.


Key Takeaways

  • The key to creating storytelling powerhouses is giving those characters soul.
  • Storytelling powerhouses are your Spider-Mans, Wonder-Womans, and Supermans. That very high-end level of character who’s stories have been around for generations.
  • Your characters have to embody the human condition and element, and be reflections of humanity.
  • When it comes to superheroes, we need a balance of the ordinary and the extraordinary.
  • You need those ordinary moments and a backdrop or a world for your character to function in outside of the superhero persona.
  • You supercharge your reader’s care and desire to understand your characters and story by layering the complexity.
  • As the creator, it is your responsibility to create the material necessary to tell your reader more from your backstory.
  • We don’t give enough weight to the importance of core personality traits and habitual behaviors.
  • Habitual behaviors add to the grander presence, brand, essence, and soul of major characters. You can do the same thing.

Your hosts

Ed Williams

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Brent Lyles

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