Posts tagged ‘characters’

September 26, 2013

Quote of the Day: Ray Bradbury

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.

July 23, 2013

Quote of the Day: Justin Zackham

For me, screenwriting is all about setting characters in motion and as a writer just chasing them. They should tell you what they’ll do in any scene you put them in.

October 30, 2012

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain

The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible.

September 12, 2012

Quote of the Day: Will Rogers

There is no more interesting place in the world to meet characters than a movie set. 

May 31, 2012

Quote of the Day: Mel Brooks

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with him.

March 6, 2012

Aldous Huxley

That was the chief difference between literature and life.  In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is high; in reality, very low.

May 12, 2011

The Top 5 Screenwriting Mistakes to Avoid

This list comes from Hal Croasmun of ScreenwritingU. Here’s what Hal had to say:

Mistake #5: On-the-nose writing.

When characters consistently say exactly what they think and feel, an audience quickly gets bored. They are being spoon fed and that doesn’t require their attention or entertain them in any way.

Instead, you need deeper meanings that adds interest, intrigue, and causes an audience to have to interpret, thus giving the audience an internal experience of the story.

BTW, on-the-nose writing is fine for early drafts of your screenplay. It serves as a place holder, but before you turn in the script, you need to make sure that each line delivers as much meaning as it can.

Solutions include pouring character into the lines, delivering subtext, creating anticipation, setting up or paying off, and others. Take the time and effort to become an expert in OFF-the-nose writing and every reader will respect you for it.

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