April 4, 2012
Nicholas Sparks is the bestselling author of 16 novels. Seven of his books — Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John, The Last Song and The Lucky One — have been made into movies. Here, the prolific writer offers storytelling tips. These are his words combined with official behind-the-scenes images taken from the set of The Lucky One, which opens in theaters April 20th.
1. Tell a Universal Story
Generally speaking, I set out to write easy-to-read, entertaining, original love stories with a poignant endings, ones that generate genuine emotion – with universal themes and universal characters. In terms of style, I attempt to write with efficiency, conciseness, and originality in uncluttered, vigorous prose. The same is true when telling stories through photographs – be efficient, concise, original, and uncluttered. Take photos that show genuine emotion, and keep them universal – they won’t get dated.