Posts Tagged ‘Star Wars’

People often talk about round vs flat characters, dynamic vs iconic characters. Instead, today, I want to ramble a little bit about another distinction — a distinction, you might say, between archetypal heroes and distinct characters. I’m not trying to make this the Grand Unified Theory of all fiction here, just pointing out something interesting that I’ve seen […]

Flip the Story


Yesterday at SpecTechnique we looked at cases when a cliche is deformed or expanded. When you’re going into a deformed cliche, you think you’ve seen this line before. Then when the cliche flips around on you, you’re taken by surprise. This is a technique writers can use to breach their readers’ defenses. Today we’re leaving […]