By using diverse characters you will be able to explore complex concepts in simple ways. Introducing characters you are proud of in a story is a fun and interesting thing as a writer you get to do. Imaginative characters are fun for your audience and
All characters have conflict. Often their conflicts arise from goals. The type of goals will determine where your character chooses to exist and towards what they choose to endeavor. As you tell your story, try to solve as many dilemmas as you can
Through the course of their story, your characters may become trapped, even for a little while. The shorter the story, the more they may fixate on simply being free. Compare their being trapped to the goals you set for them. Are the goals you set for
Characters should have a rich background, even if much of the information you devote to their story goes beyond what feels directly pertinent. Remember, in a medium like motion picture you are showing a story and you may be amazed at how much inform
Characters who are teachers are often very interesting to explore. Showing the gain of knowledge your characters endure will most likely improve your project. The benefit is twofold. You can improve your project and also inform your audience. You
Characters can do things a normal human cannot. Have you given your characters enough interesting characteristics about them to ensure they are extraordinary and cinematically worthy? Do they have enough opportunity in your story to show their skills
Why are certain elements in your story? Why have you or your characters made the decisions presented in your story? Explore new elements. If you have spent a month on each of these twelve concepts diligently, by now you should have enough of your s
Consider having your characters learn something in the course of their adventure. Again, examine teacher characters. Consider your heroes or their opponents discovering something of great importance. If solutions were simple, they wouldn't be wort
The greatest stories almost always have a physical element. What can your characters accomplish in the world in which they exist? Are they physically unique? Even if they do not have a physical element for their job, are they physically active? D
Changes in the game plan for your characters allow you to show their drive and inventiveness. The best plan for your characters is often the plan they devise as the audience observes. Your characters may be able to overcome many of their difficulties
Nothing great comes without sacrifice and this is no less true in life than in the journey of your characters. What do your characters forfeit or relinquish? What do they forgo? Is part of their sacrifice based on what they need to endure? Ultima
Challenge your characters to the point you feel their failure may be imminent and their success is never guaranteed. We want to see them triumph over insurmountable odds and overcome inconceivable obstacles. The difficulties they conquer benefit th
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