Breaking the Rules of Character Development

All Is Lost PosterOne of the ten commandments of writing is that you must develop your characters! And yet, over the weekend, I saw the Robert Redford film All Is Lost, and it breaks this rule unabashedly. In fact, the story is stronger as a result.

How is that possible?!

My discussion of how the film defies character development is on Ellar Cooper’s blog today: Ellar Out Loud. It’s part of a fabulous Dystropian guest-blog series that she’s sponsoring this month, guaranteed to be full of awesome posts on writing and craft. Be sure to check it out!

Read my guest post: Breaking the Rules of Character Development

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One Response to “Breaking the Rules of Character Development”

  1. Martha R. Fehl says:

    I think you are right on. Tradition is not always the most satisfy but a surprise

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