Snow has pummeled my community with more than sixteen inches in one day last week. We hearty Minnesotans have a love/hate relationship with the snow. We love a white Christmas, winter sports, and hot chocolate. Most of us are not that fond of shoveling.
When I get snowed in with the kids for a “Snow Day,” we love to cuddle up with a great movie. Now that Disney has one named after our winter experience, it is even more fun.
Watching a clip of the movie Frozen with one of my kids, a few things about it struck me that could be applied to story. These 3 Tips To Make Your Story Stronger From Olaf And The Movie Frozen come from the following clip:
3 Tips To Make Your Story Stronger From Olaf And The Movie Frozen:
1. Believability Is Key – No matter how much we love an idea for a story, if it isn’t believable, it can’t happen. Olaf loves the idea of frolicking in summer as much as we love some of our improbable story ideas. They are fun to entertain, but in real life they never work.
2. Be Unpredictable– Not only is it unpredictable that a snowman dreams of one day experiencing summer, but also there are unpredictable moments inside of that unpredictability. He wants a tan, to swim, and do things that are not a everyday snowman type of dream.
Also, the song lyrics are unpredictable, but they play with the humor of the predictable. “Winter is a great time to stay in and cuddle, but in the summer I’d be a … happy snowman.”
Our stories need the unpredictable. Find something about your character that we would never guess and reveal it at an unexpected moment. For example, a rock climber who is afraid of heights. Not possible, right? That all depends. Maybe they are determined not to let it win.
Or, you could have a character who eats at fast food all the time, but you find out they love to cook. Maybe they haven’t cooked much since they have no one to cook for and cooking reminds them of their lonely life.
3. Snarky One Liners – In this section there are two lines of dialogue that really stand out. “I’m guessing you don’t have much experience with heat.” And, “I’m Gonna Tell Him.”
The first line states the obvious in a way that is humorous. A sidekick type character can add these elements so well. They add so much to the unpredictable moments.
The second line states the one thing that could be done to pop the dream bubble for Olaf. Wouldn’t you love to see the character’s expression when they find the truth?