Saturday, January 30, 2010

Technical Difficulties

Due to technical difficulties
(I'm behind on my interviews, they're snowed in)
I won't have actor and director ready for a week or so.
But to get us ready, let me ask this:
what do you do to develop your character?
Do you think about his/her family?
Friends? What kind of schooling he had?
Where she lived before today?
WHO ON EARTH ARE THESE PEOPLE?
Would love to hear from you on your preps to get
into the character's head. You've heard
(at least I did when I started writing)
that the character is cardboard.
"You must write plot driven, 'cause
your characters aren't real enough."
OUCH! DID THAT EVER HURT!
So could everyone share a short bit on just one
technique you use to make your characters
other than cookie-cutter people?

5 comments:

  1. Well, I've heard mine were underdeveloped, but I'm really bad at planning my characters ahead of time. I've heard using a quirk or a habit or something can make characters more real.
    I always thought your Ed came across really well, very real!
    It'll be interesting to see how others make real characters.

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  2. Thanks Jess. I hope he does, we all want great male characters, don't we?

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  3. I like to have something concrete that represents a character. An antique tea box, some shells, anything that gets my mind in the moment. My writing area looks like I'm a compulsive collector of random things and to anyones else, I guess I am. I just hope I don't start writing about pirates...although, there is room on my wall for a Jolly Roger flag...hmmm.

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  4. Exactly where we're headed. You've figured out a great method actors use.

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  5. I love Raquel's idea:) I usally build my characters based on individuals I know, being careful to only take the parts that really stand out to me:) And then mix it all up so I don't have a cardboard character. I also try to dig deep to find out what makes them tick first and drive them that way.

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