20 Storytelling Lessons We Can Learn from Marvel

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Apr 27, 2018 · 4 min read
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1. Heroes are not inherently interesting. Only dynamic, flawed characters can connect with dynamic, flawed humans.

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2. Get inside your hero’s head and figure out what motivates them to do the things they do.

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3. Some of the best dialogue is riddled with subtext. Don’t just say what you mean.

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4. Only give your characters lines that they can deliver.

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5. Give your hero a distinct worldview that viewers can compare and contrast with their own.

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6. If your hero has nothing to fight for, your viewers have no reason to root for him/her. Show your viewers why they should care.

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7. Fully develop a formidable villain that viewers love to hate.

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8. There is no such thing as an unimportant character. Secondary characters bring your hero closer to their goals or drag him/her further away.

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9. Stay true to your characters. Don’t force them to go against their core instincts because it’s convenient.

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10. Where do your hero’s loyalties lie? If they can’t pick a side, your viewers can’t either.

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11. Learn everything you can about the period/culture you’re trying to portray and stay true to it.

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12. The world is more than blue sky and green grass. Create a believable universe, not a pretty backdrop.

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13. The easiest road isn’t always the best road. Invent creative solutions to your hero’s problems.

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14. Give overdone tropes an exciting twist to keep viewers guessing until the end.

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15. Avoid info-dumping by maintaining a thread of suspense until the last possible moment.

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16. Well-timed comic relief breaks tension and keeps viewers breathing.

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17. Appeal to your target audience with fitting pop culture references.

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18. Allow your characters to drive the theme of your story.

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19. Not every theme needs to be tied with a ribbon. Leave certain elements open to interpretation.

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20. Plan carefully before you begin writing. Know where your story is going. Choose every word with care.

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