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Nov 28 / Michael

“Stretch out with your feelings”: Writing advice from Obi-Wan Kenobi

In the scene below, Ben may be talking about using The Force to help deflect drone-blasts with your lightsaber while the blast-shield is down on your space helmet, but it is excellent advice for writers, too. That’s the case with almost everything Obi-Wan says: He is full of Jedi writing tricks!

“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine” is either a reference to the inevitable posthumous sales spike for his memoir or a reminder that authors must surrender their own egos/selves to let their characters live. “How long before we can make the jump to light speed” is either about the long wait for publication or a sly comment on pacing. The training scene is esp. full of good writing advice. I like to think of it as the one where Luke does NaNoWriMo.

Oh, man, how am I going to write 5,000 words in the next
three hours with this thing on?!

Luke: “With the blast-shield down, I can’t even see. How am I supposed to fight write?”
Ben: “Stretch out with your feelings.”

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