Screenwriter Michael Hauge is a genius. I realized this as I sat listening to him speak in a group of wide-eyed, slack-jawed and furiously scribbling writers this past Saturday. He used fresh terminology and concepts, and my God, everything he said made spine-tingling sense. Hauge’s session was, hands down, the most enlightening and informative two hours I’ve spent pondering craft. Ever. I actually think I’d choose listening to this man speak over eating a box of Godiva. (Yes, I hear your collective gasp.) And guess what? He’s just this morning agreed to interview with Writer Unboxed! Hmm, now can Therese find a way to conduct the interview while eating a box of Godiva? Stay tuned.
While what follows is just a peek at what went on in Hauge’s session, I think his two-simple-words method for character evolution was some of the best stuff. So hang tight, and get ready for a crash course in Identity and Essence.