Ep 8 Who Are You Writing About? Let's Talk Character

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In this episode, I'm talking about character and why it is so important to know WHO you are writing about, WHAT their "misbelief" about themselves is, WHAT their goals are, AND why you must always come from a place of character to drive the narrative arc.
Stories can fall flat if you don't understand your main characters.
It's important to know who they are before you start writing or you will have to do this in revisions.
LISA CRON ~ WIRED FOR STORY
She talks about the character's misbelief which is why we have character flaws and the flaw is what holds us back.
It's important not to confuse the two.
Understanding character is important no matter the age or genre.
STEVE KAPLAN ~ THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY
Everything comes from character. Everything that happens is based on the character and who she is.
Steve talks about comedy telling the truth about character. It's important.
Look to your own family & friends for character reference. Characters are all around us.
ELLEN SANDLER ~ THE TV WRITER'S WORKBOOK
Character charts to discover how your character thinks about herself, how she perceives how others think about her, how they actually feel. This will inform how she acts and reacts in every situation.
I ask my writing clients WHY
WHY is the character telling this story now?
WHY is this story important to start today in the character's life?
WHY this day?
Understand the WHY.
Knowing your characters NEEDS/WANTS/GOALS
External & internal.
You must know these two things.
EXAMPLE of characters from FRIENDS
PHOEBE-secure and easy going
MONICA-insecure and becomes type A
You must have a deeper meaning for your characters.
JENNIE NASH ~ BLUEPRINT FOR A BOOK
When you know who your characters are and understand their motivations it's easier to write the story. The scenes will become clearer because everything your character does comes from who they are.
MARTHA ALDERSON ~ THE PLOT WHISPERER
Do narrative arcs for ALL of your characters. Use the Plot Whisperer workbook for each character.
LEGALLY BLONDE
EXTERNAL PLOT-A sorority girl goes to Harvard after being broken up with to get back her ex-boyfriend
INTERNAL PLOT-is about a girl believing in herself and becoming worthy.
External goals-get a law degree and get her boyfriend back
Internal goals-to feel smart and better about herself.
The stories that work are all about the character's journey not the plot.
Dive deep into your characters.
Check out the books mentioned.
Thank you for listening!
xo Stephanie
This week's blog is all about character too. You can read it here
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