This article on SF Signal is a short but interesting take on one of the key aspects of fantasy fiction.
Posts from the ‘On Creativity’ Category
It advises making charts of the goals, motivation, conflict and tension relating to your characters. It explains that good characters have conflicting goals – internal and external ones, for example. Characters should also have conflicting goals – this leads to the greatest level of tension, which is what keeps people reading.
Read the full article here.
“Creativity is mistakes” is the motto of ceramicist Grayson Perry. These words feature in the artist’s recent programme on Radio 4, Grayson Perry on Creativity and Imagination. It’s interesting stuff (if also somewhat blindingly obvious) and features interviews with a range of creative types, including Terry Pratchett. The piece begins with a list of myths, misconceptions about creativity:
Myth number one: The Eureka moment.
Myth number two: Anyone can do it.
Myth number three: Drugs are good for you.
Myth number four: Creative people are a bit mad.
Myth number five: Britain’s got talent.
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
Robert Louis Stevenson