Monday Discovery: Joe Bunting’s “How to Write a Story like Les Miserables”

Here’s a Monday Discovery for you!

On his blog, The Write Practice, Joe Bunting reveals what he learned from watching the movie version of Les Miserables. He describes being moved to tears.

He says:

I want to write a story like Les Misérables. Not a musical, but a story so powerful, so captivating, that it could move people in the same way.

Joe’s five observations about what makes Les Mis so powerful follow, offering spot-on advice about how we might write a story as moving and memorable as this one.

Have you seen the movie, Les Miserables? If so, what did you learn from it? What other favorite movie or book has provided an “ah ha!” moment for you?

Monday Discovery: Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice

At The Write Practice, Joe Bunting offers not only sound writing advice; he offers the opportunity to practice whatever skill he’s exploring on a given day. This article, 16 Observations About Real Dialogue, is one of the best I’ve read. Very practical.

For example, here’s Observation # 5:

5. Real People Refuse to Repeat Themselves

Sometimes, when the other per­son can’t hear and says, “Huh? What did you say?” real peo­ple don’t repeat them­selves. They say, “Nothing. It’s not impor­tant. Never mind. I’ll tell you later. Forget it.”

Sometimes, this leads to bickering.

This tech­nique is espe­cially effec­tive if a char­ac­ter has just said some­thing vul­ner­a­ble. People will rarely repeat some­thing embar­rass­ing or hurt­ful or vul­gar. You can draw atten­tion to their vul­ner­a­bil­ity by hav­ing them refuse to repeat themselves.

“Team Solitary”
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