Ten things the new Star Wars trilogy taught me about writing

We’ve just returned from watching Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker, and I wanted to write this blog post right after we came home.

I have taken away some lessons from watching the new movie, and the two that came before it. Some of these things are positive about the series, some are not.

And no worries, this will be spoiler-free on the new movie.

  1. Make your reader care about your main character. I absolutely did with Rey, she was mysterious enough that I wanted to know more about her and I really rooted for her.
  2. Keep your story consistent. It is well known that the trilogy had two different voices, Ep. 7 and 9 had a different writer/director than Ep 8. This made for some awkwardness that took me out of the movie today.
  3. Give your b-cast characters something to do other than stand around and be pretty. Do you really need a character to be around for just one remark, and then have them lost in the entire story after that? Don’t be afraid to cut characters!
  4. Have your twists make sense. Seriously. Don’t drop something just because you think it’ll be fun, have it be a: “Ohhhh now I get it” moment, not a “WTF just happened? Did I miss something? No I didn’t! This makes NO sense!”
  5. Relationships have to make sense. Not going to write anything about that as I don’t want to share spoilers.
  6. Take your time to resolve problems. Don’t go all: oh this is a big problem, and then resolve it in the next scene without much fuss, have your characters struggle to find answers.
  7. Make your reader cry (because they care about the character). No spoilers. But I cried.
  8. Don’t leave certain things (that you hint at constantly) unresolved. Because that’s just mean. (and yes, I’m vague on purpose).
  9. Keep your character development consistent. I mean, someone can’t be something and then something completely different in the next scene without something happening to change their stance.
  10. Mary Sue is the worst character. Don’t let a character just have abilities that are WAY beyond what they could do before. Have it be a logical progression in the character.

All in all, I did enjoy the new trilogy, mostly, but the original one does have my heart.

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