A Formula For Writing A Great Story by Dr. Ken Atchity

Film Courage: What’s the formula for writing a great story?

Dr. Ken Atchity, Author/Producer: I think that a great story starts with finding a character in a strange situation and working that character out of that situation. Faulkner said that that’s the way his novel started is that a character haunted him and he allowed it to haunt him until questions started coming and he gave the example of a novel I wrote once started with a girl sitting in a tree with muddy pants and her knees were bruised and she’s looking in the window of the house from the tree and she’s crying.

And so I started asking questions about why were her knees bruised, why were…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

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