Story guru, lecturer, consultant and screenwriter Bobette Buster did a lecture during the Do Lectures  where she talks about elements that participate in creating the pattern to great storytelling.

It’s an organic presentation that gives a lot of different food to think, instead of the usual list of 5/6 bullet points.

But here are some of the ideas Buster shared that grabbed my attention.

The Pattern to What Makes a Great Story Well Told

  • The Audience wants to cherish a character’s journey, identify with them and take them into their lives.
  • People want to be taken to a world they would otherwise never have experienced, and they want to see the extraordinary out of the ordinary. ( See Slumdog Millionaire, David Copperfield.)
  •  The greatest stories are all about characters resisting loving themselves.
  • Ultimately all stories are about watching someone becoming fully alive or a living dead.
All along, Buster emphasized a key concept in developing a character to give her/him a powerful and relatable journey.

I tried to assemble the pieces although I would recommend to listen to the whole talk to get a better and broader understanding:

Write About ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’

Here is what writing about ‘the Dark Night of the Soul‘ means for Buster: Follow a character in its darkest time, when she learns how to walk through the woods alone and what it is, and where she discovers the courage to win her life. The choice we make is the choice we resist that will set us free. In cinema we have to magnify and expand the moment the character resists his greatest fear, and show the key moment; when the character takes a baby step to act upon his fear and thrives.

Below you can listen to Buster’s full talk, enjoy:

Thanks to Storyshots

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