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By Linda Seger

During this publication, Linda Seger exhibits easy methods to create robust, multidimensional characters in fiction, masking every thing from study to personality block. Interviews with trendy best writers entire this crucial quantity.

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If characters deviate from this core, they may come across as incredible, as not making sense or adding up. As Barry Morrow explains, "Part of the appeal of characters in a film is their predictability. You understand who they are and you have a sense of their history and their code of honor and their ethics and their world view. " Advertising executive Michael Gill concurs, and adds: "I think with characters—just like with your friends—you want a certain consistency. You don't want your friends to change every time you talk to them.

Or writers set scripts in places they've visited or lived in for short periods of time. The more knowledgeable someone is about the location, the less research is necessary. However, writers who know the area often find they need to return for specific research. William Kelley had lived in the Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania. He already had a good start on location research for Witness. However, he still returned to the area to look for models for his characters, and to expand his knowledge of the Amish for this specific project.

That means that something is implied that an actor can use—some sense of the character's movement, or of a certain look, such as the hunch of the shoulders, the tilt of the head, a particular walk. Such descriptions give clues the actor can use to build the role. "Pretty" is difficult to act; "strong" and "handsome" are not very helpful. In Fatal Attraction, Alex Forrest is defined in terms of a look, the kind of clothes she chooses, and a sense of attitude to her age: At that moment, an extremely attractive blond girl passes by.

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