How To Write Powerful Characters

In addition to considering the story's setting and plot when writing a script, it's also crucial to develop the characters. A successful script must, among other things, have believable characters—that is, characters that the audience can relate to.

Advice on creating characters:

1. Make the character unique in some way.

Give your character a characteristic or skill that makes them likable. Of course, without becoming exaggerated. A character who is skilled in something usually piques the public's interest.

2. Make the character care about someone other than himself.

Screenwriters frequently use this resource. However, it is preferable to do so in the most subtle manner possible. That character has to be a loser unless he stops on his way out the door to pet a dog and give him a treat. That interest in something or someone draws the public's attention to him.

3. Make your good characters do bad things, and the bad ones do good things.

Remember that not everyone is perfect, and not everyone is completely bad. That is why evil characters like Loki in Avengers elicit public sympathy. So much so that Disney is already developing a spin-off based on this Marvel character.

4. Give your character a unique voice.

Allow each character to express themselves. This way, you can avoid all the characters being different, and the audience instantly recognizes them.

5. Create passionate characters.

Show your characters active, dynamic, and passionate about a topic.

6. Give your character an obsession.

Remember that an obsessed character desires something or someone in such a way that it creates momentum, urgency, potential conflict, and story. An obsession reveals a lot about the surface as well.

7. Wounds generated in the past.

Events influence the character's reactions to the present in his past. If his character is humiliated as a child, it will affect him as an adult; for example, he may seek solace in a fantasy world.

The more you know about the character's past, the better you understand how they react to the present. And this is important to the plot.

8. Give your character an attitude.

Understand how your personality interacts with others. If he is suspicious, if receiving special treatment bothers him, and so on.

9. What does the character want the most, and conversely, what does the character fear the most?

Describe what your character desires the most. Then, make him face his fear of obtaining the object of his desire.

10. If the appearance of your character affects his life and personality.

The physical description is static and boring; it becomes more interesting when you use it to suggest, hint and reveal character.

11. How he perceives himself and how others perceive him.

For example, the character might think that he is being clever and manipulative when in reality, he is quite transparent. However, the others will avoid telling him. That gap between self-perception and the perception of others can lead to some interesting dramatic moments.

This is a quick guide to creating characters for your scripts. But now it's time to bring them into the story and have them interact with it.

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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