"I love the show, "How I Met Your Mother" for a lot of reasons. I love that it doesn't paint marriage as a death sentence, I love that they balance reality with ridiculousness, and I love that they plant a dozen Easter eggs every season.
But most of all I love they way they tell a story. Not just the big, overarching story of how he met his wife (which we are just barely getting to, eight seasons in), but the little stories, the ones encapsulated in a season, or a few episodes, or sometimes in a single episode. I've been watching the entire show, from the beginning, and I've collected some storytelling tips." Read the full article to find out details about:- Don't start at the beginning- Skip over the stuff that sucks- Some details aren't important- Give your characters genuine flaws- Tie it all to the main conflict- Be consistent- Make your character do something stupid- Give your character a rich backstory, but don't talk about it until it matters- Motivations are important- And motivations sometimes change
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)