Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger

By Linda Seger

During this publication, Linda Seger indicates find out how to create robust, multidimensional characters in fiction, masking every little thing from study to personality block. Interviews with modern day best writers whole this crucial quantity.

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LOCATION Many writers set their stories in familiar locations. If you grew up in New York, many of your stories may take place there. Hollywood has thousands of scripts about people coming to make it in Hollywood. Or writers set scripts in places they've visited or lived in for short periods of time. The more knowledgeable someone is about the location, the less research is necessary. However, writers who know the area often find they need to return for specific research. William Kelley had lived in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania.

Notice how many details there are that could be helpful to the actor—details of movement, feeling, and intention. The description conveys a sense of yearning that will play throughout the film: The man turns away from his reflection—his acutely handsome face: ethereal, sad, with a childlike naivete. And yet there is something in the way he moves, the tilt of his head—an alien-otherness, a catlike tentativeness, a predatory grace. Another of my clients, Sandi Steinberg, has written one of my favorite descriptions, which gives a sense of the comic dimensions that are to come in her script, Curses: Maria-Theresa, 50's, awakens with a start, a big woman with small illusions—180 Guatemalan pounds squeezed into a pink lace teddy.

Many religion professors, particularly if they've received their degrees from American universities or seminaries, have had liberal-arts backgrounds. They've taken courses in the arts, literature, probably one or two science classes. It wouldn't be inconsistent for a professor to love literature or music or art or architecture—or to be knowledgeable about these areas. This interest in archaeology and early church history could lead to a love of travel. Perhaps he might have done some archaeological research in Turkey, or Israel, or Egypt.

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