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Meet the Reader: ‘Unlikeable’ Characters

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I recently read a screenplay about a really terrible man – a self indulgent drug addict and dealer who lies and cheats and steals; verbally abuses his girlfriend; runs over a child with his car; and then flees the scene. At the end of...

Drew Barrymore plays Edith Bouvier Beale, the daughter, in 1953, in HBO’s dramatized version of “Grey Gardens,” based on the Maysles brothers documentary. Photo credit: Peter Stranks/HBO

How to Reveal Your Character’s Backstory Wound

By Martha Alderson aka Plot Whisperer Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! A character’s backstory directly impacts her front story by the beliefs and people she was raised with, her education, her emotional development. Often something in her backstory caused a wound—either physical, psychic, or both. Anything in her past that...

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Inner Drives: What’s My Character Motivation? – “Me, me, me!”

By Pamela Jaye Smith  [Based on Pamela’s book, INNER DRIVES: Create Characters Using the 8 Centers of Motivation (chakras) published by Michael Wiese Prods and available at The Writers Store.] ***** Want to create characters that last forever? Learn to use the same character-building tools used by myth-makers and story-tellers throughout the ages. Want...

Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'

Script Angel: Giving Your Characters A Hard Time

Hayley McKenzie is a Script Editor and founder of Script Angel, helping screenwriters elevate their craft and advance their screenwriting career. Follow her on Twitter @scriptangel1. I’ve written here before about the importance of creating memorable characters  and the next step is making sure that your story gives your fabulous characters a really hard...