characterization

Great Writing: A Love Story

Breaking & Entering: Great Writing – A Love Story

Ah, falling in love. There’s nothing quite like it. I’m not talking about the kind that requires a change in Facebook status. I’m talking about falling in love with great writing. When I come across a script that is exceptionally well written, I lose track of time. It feels like being enveloped in the...

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Script Angel: Giving Your Characters A Hard Time

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 time. Creating original characters is a strange process and is different for every writer, but what most writers share is that over the course of that...

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Script Angel: Creating Memorable Characters

When we remember out favorite movies it’s usually the characters we remember first.  Think Gone With The Wind and you think of Scarlett O’Hara, Star Wars and you think Darth Vader. Think Silence of the Lambs and you think Hannibal Lecter.  Pirates of the Caribbean is Jack Sparrow.  Wizard of Oz and you think...

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Riding the Alligator: Falling in Love … Literally

In creating a fast-paced adventure, we often have little time to flesh out our characters, let alone take the time to sculpt out a love relationship that is supposed to profoundly affect the protagonists. I remember, as a little kid, squirming in movies when the hero and his love interest go through their bonding...

Fast Food Characters

Some playwrights believe in coming up with elaborate histories for their characters, exhuming every tiny detail of their lives, before they write a word.