Quick Exercises to Practice Building Characters

It is not enough to create an interesting character; those characteristics must be maintained and developed throughout the script. We must create characters who retain their personalities throughout the story.

That is why the screenwriter must practice character development. The two exercises below can help you with this:

Change the role of the protagonist and the antagonist

Take one of your favorite movies and swap the protagonist and antagonist roles in the plot.

For example, in "Psycho," Norman Bates is the innocent boy who looks after his disabled mother, and Marion is a dangerous criminal who has come to the Bates Motel to murder and rob its owners.

What if Freddy Krueger was a good man who was marginalized because of his appearance, and his victims were a group of terrorists planning an attack?

Change the characterization

Choose a movie you know well and drastically change the psychological profile of its main characters.

For example: What if the character of Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” instead of being a crazy and somewhat naive girl, was a calculating and cold woman? What if Richard Gere's character in the same film was a drug trafficker wanted by the DEA?

These two exercises will help you improve the characters in your stories, and who knows? They may inspire you to write a screenplay.

If you have a script that needs revision, you may want a script analysis to help you improve it.

If you have an idea and want to turn it into a script with the help of someone who gives you an outside view, you can ask for a project analysis or personalized advice.

If you want to write your first script and don't know where to start, ask for an accompanying tutorial to help you from the first line to the last version of the script.

Here are resources I recommend to get more in-depth knowledge

Storytelling 101 teaches you how to write compelling stories worthy of commercial success. This is best for screenwriters, novelists, filmmakers, videogame writers and storytellers.

Children’s Books 101 teaches you how to write stories that children will love. This is best for aspiring children’s book authors and storytellers.

Owl AI is the revolutionary AI-powered content production platform that helps storytellers, writers, and bloggers of all subject matter easily create highly-polished content.

Success, Money & Mindset Subliminal is a self-hypnosis recording that we recommend to new writers to help with focus, concentration, creativity, and motivation.

Shadow Work Journal: 240 Daily Prompts contains inner work exercises related to relationships, anger, anxiety, self-love, healing trauma, abandonment issues, depression, forgiveness, etc.


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