Creating Extraordinary Characters

In this second book in the Writing Lessons from the Front series, Angela Hunt explains how you can create unforgettable characters that will bring your fiction to life.These lessons, Hunt says, "are brief for a reason-I don't want you to ...

Author: Angela Elwell Hunt


ISBN: 061584118X

Category: Fiction

Page: 44

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Scarlett O'Hara, Anne Shirley, Wilbur the pig, Katniss Everdeen. Why do we love these characters? Why do we remember them long after we've forgotten the details of their stories? In this second book in the Writing Lessons from the Front series, Angela Hunt explains how you can create unforgettable characters that will bring your fiction to life.These lessons, Hunt says, "are brief for a reason-I don't want you to spend most of your time reading how-to books. I will give you what you need so you can put what you've learned into practice. That's the best way to improve."Enjoy this writing lesson for a fraction of the cost of attending one of Angela's writing classes--your writing will never be the same.

Prepare to Board Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts

In this case, extraordinary characters (the animals) are placed in an “ordinary” situation. Figure 1.6 Using animal characters to suggest human traits and foibles is as old as Aesop. The wedding story may still not be working with the ...

Author: Nancy Beiman

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351652339

Category: Computers

Page: 367

View: 956


Successful storyboards and poignant characters have the power to make elusive thoughts and emotions tangible for audiences. Packed with illustrations that illuminate and a text that entertains and informs, Prepare to Board, 3rd edition presents the methods and techniques of animation master, Nancy Beiman, with a focus on pre-production, story development and character design. As one of the only storyboard titles on the market that explores the intersection of creative character design and storyboard development, the third edition is an invaluable resource for both beginner and intermediate artists. Key Features Adapt key techniques, tips and tricks of experienced character designers and storyboard artists with 30 years of experience to your film, television and animation projects. Save time and money with workflow solutions and avoid common mistakes and problems with troubleshooting tips. Implement creative solutions for your own projects with this invaluable resource for beginner and intermediate artists with examples of what a good storyboard and character design should look like and example of poorly designed storyboards. and tricks. Further your artistic skill development with an interactive, companion website which will includes video tutorials, examples of animatics and good and bad pitching techniques.

Creating Characters A List Actors Want to Play

—”ordinary characters in extraordinary circumstances”—is but one way to tell a story. In reverse, “Extraordinary characters in ordinary circumstances” works just as well. Psychopaths, in the extreme, provide the impetus for bloody scene ...

Author: Script Magazine Editors

Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.

ISBN: 9781440351174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 94

View: 305


There's no better way to sell your script than to attract an A-List star to be a part of your film. But with thousands of scripts in circulation at all times, how can you make yours more appealing to Hollywood's most sought after performers? Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play is a collection of articles from Script Magazine that will guide you on your mission to create stand-out, memorable characters. Film industry experts provide advice based on the many scripts they've worked on and read throughout their careers: the good, the bad, and the ugly. These articles explore how to create memorable, developed characters who are relatable, nuanced, and engaging. Characters who have strong points of views, motivations, and inner conflicts. You will learn how film archetypes have morphed into tired stereotypes, and thus how to avoid the same fate for your own characters. You will learn how to employ personality quirks and the unexpected to elevate your characters beyond the confines of tropes. Articles explore the importance of raising the stakes, giving your characters a hard time, and making sure that the audience will empathize with them. You will learn how to utilize the whole cast of your script to show the layers of the protagonist, how to develop great villains, and why you need to take your character to the point of no return. Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play also covers writing dimensional female characters, how to utilize the 5 stages of grief and basic psychology, how to write intriguing character descriptions that appeal to actors, and various exercises to help you get to know your characters better. Contributors to this collection include Jeanne Veillette Bowerman (writer of the adaptation of the book Slavery by Another Name), Jerry Flattum (writer of Watertown, South Dakota, and Celestial Age), Heather Hale (writer of Absolute Killers and The Courage to Love), Marilyn Horowitz (professor and writing consultant), Brad Johnson (screenwriter and producer), Jacob Krueger (writer of The Matthew Shepard Story), Daniel Manus (founder of No Bull Script Consulting), Hayley McKenzie (writer of Papadopoulos & Sons, Chakara, and The Watcher Self), Drew Yanno (screenwriter and screenwriting professor), and Brett Wean (writer, actor, and improv instructor). If you're ready to make your characters dimensional enough to catch an Oscar winner's attention, get your copy of Creating Characters A-List Actors Want To Play today!

Long Form Improv

Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors.

Author: Ben Hauck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781621532361

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 522


Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for conceptualizing improvised scenework and “finding the game of the scene,” this crisply written manual covers techniques for experienced improvisers, curious actors, and even non-actors. A complete long-form improv resource comprising topics like ideation and character creation, improvising scenes for extended periods of time and enhancing them—and even performing the most famous expression of long-form improv, the half-hour improvised form known as “The Harold”—this astute text is written in a friendly, supportive voice by an experienced improv teacher and professional actor whose own frustration in learning the craft drove an obsession to create a program free of confounding teachings and contradictory concepts. The book’s groundbreaking infusion with drama theory and game theory brings new life to the teachings of the craft, breaking down various aspects of long-form improv into short chapters for swift, step-by-step intake of its vital lessons. Students of acting and long-form improv alike should expect Long-Form Improv to bolster their education and fast-track their course to improv greatness.

The Improv Handbook

Scrubs juxtaposes these characters brilliantly, but playing a character who asks the questions in the mind of the audience is very valuable. The League of Gentlemen, for example, are brilliant at creating extraordinary characters and ...

Author: Tom Salinsky

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441106421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 391


The most comprehensive, smart, helpful and inspiring guide to improve available today. Applicable to comedians, actors, public speakers and anyone who needs to think on their toes. From The Improv Handbook: The problem for improvisers is anxiety. faced with a lot of nameless eyes staring at us, and feeling more than anything else like prey, we are likely to want to display very consistent behavior, so that anyone who looks at us, looks away and then looks back sees the same thing. Thus we become boring, we fade into the background, and we cease to be of interest. The Improv Handbook provides everything someone interested in improvisational comedy needs to know, as written by a husband and wife comedy duo with years of experience and teaching in the field. in addition to providing a comprehensive history of improvisational theater as a backdrop, it also looks at modern theories and practices of improvisation on a global scale, including how the form of comedy has evolved differently in different parts of the world, from Europe to the UK to the Chicago scene. The Improv Handbook also contains an essential performance segment that details different formats of improvisation. Chapter topics include Theatresports, Micetro, Gorilla Theatre, and the inventions of Keith Johnstone and Del Close as well as other popular forms of improv, like those on "Whose Line is it Anyway." The core section of the book is called simply, "How to Improvise" and delves into issues of spontaneity, the fundamentals of storytelling, working together, upping the ante, and character development. The book concludes with sections on how to improvise in front of an audience and- just as crucially- how to attract an audience in the first place.

Improv for Writers

10 Secrets to Help Novelists and Screenwriters Bypass Writer's Block and Generate Infinite Ideas Jorjeana Marie ... where they may—this is our work, all made possible by creating extraordinary characters in extraordinary situations.

Author: Jorjeana Marie

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 9780399582042

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

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Free yourself from writer’s block and inner critics with the creative power of improv! “Jorjeana Marie’s generous, joyful, and oh-so-useful book shows writers—both seasoned and new—how to unleash their creativity and find their best story.”—Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way Improv instructor and writer Jorjeana Marie reveals a new way to generate idea after brilliant idea. Applying the rules of improv to fiction writing, Marie presents fun games and exercises you can do from the comfort of your desk at home. Surprise yourself with new plots, infinite characters and settings, and a supreme confidence in your own process. Armed with the power of improv—and liberating exercises like Ad Agency, Raise the Stakes, and Family Portraits—you’ll soon be an idea machine. With Improv for Writers, your creative storytelling well will never run dry again. Advance praise for Improv for Writers “Here’s a secret. Many authors started out as drama geeks and later found that theatrical skills like deep-diving into character and improvising on the fly were essential tools for writing fiction. Jorjeana Marie’s generous, joyful and oh-so useful book applies the principles of improv to writing and though a series of targeted, fun exercises shows writers—both the seasoned and the new—how to unleash their creativity and find their best story.”—Gayle Forman, New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay and I Have Lost My Way “Part practical, part playful, part encouraging and affirming, Jorjeana Marie’s Improv for Writers is a certain antidote to writing blocks—and writer’s block! This book is a necessary and vital tool for authors and storytellers everywhere.”—Karma Brown, bestselling author of The Life Lucy Knew “Thank you, Jorjeana Marie for infusing joy and play and experimentation in the often-arduous act of writing fiction. I'll be turning to these exercises whenever I need to jump-start my writing session and will be recommending many of my writing students to do the same.”—Nina LaCour, Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of We Are Okay, Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You; and You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan.

Sixty Curious and Authentic Narratives and Anecdotes Respecting Extraordinary Characters Illustrative of the Tendency of Credulity and Fanaticism

The first of them , EXTRAORDINARY CHARACTERS , allowed of the amusing variety , which is essential to this order of ... human mind to create to itself chimeras , and of the contagious nature of the insanity which is the consequence .

Author: William Hone


ISBN: NYPL:33433074922232

Category: Anecdotes

Page: 288

View: 272


How to Craft a Great Story

Teach Yourself Creating Perfect Plot and Structure Chris Sykes. is paging a Mr Caplan. Two watching heavies who have asked that Caplan be paged mistakenly assume that ... Finish with extraordinary characters in extraordinary situations.

Author: Chris Sykes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473688469

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 714


LEARN HOW TO PLOT AND STRUCTURE YOUR CREATIVE WRITING. How to Craft a Great Story takes you step by step through the process of creating a compelling and coherent plot and structure. It covers such basics as the traditional story arcs, and such advanced information as finding balance and marrying structure and form. Each chapter contains a diagnostic test, case studies, practical exercises and Aide Memoire boxes. Each chapter concludes with a reminder of the key points of the chapter (Focus Points) and a round-up of what to expect in the next (Next Step) will whet your appetite for what's coming and how it relates to what you've just read. Covering some of the most commonly raised questions in creative writing courses, it is perfect for anyone who needs the next step on from the basic 'how to write a novel'. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Write Naked

How do we go about creating extraordinary characters? Each author must find her own path, her own process. It's a process that also may change depending on the book she's writing. After listening to dozens of best-selling authors, ...

Author: Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347467

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

View: 164


Learn how to transform your passion for writing into a career. New York Times best-selling author Jennifer Probst reveals her pathway to success, from struggling as a new writer to signing a seven-figure deal. Write Naked intermingles personal essays on craft with down-to-earth advice on writing romance in the digital age. Probst will teach you how to: • Commit to your current work-in-progress, get focused, and complete it on schedule • Reveal raw emotions and thoughts on the page to hook your readers • Assemble a street team to promote and celebrate your books • Overcome writer's block with ease • Develop themes that tie together your books and series • Write the most difficult elements of romance--including sex scenes--with skill and style Regardless of the genre, every novelist faces a difficult task. Creating authentic characters and an engaging plot are challenging enough. But attempting to break into the hotter-than-ever romance genre, which is constantly flooded with new titles and fresh faces? It can feel impossible. This is where Probst's Write Naked comes in. To survive--and thrive--you need the help and wisdom of an expert. Written in Probst's unmistakable and honest voice, Write Naked is filled with the lessons and craft advice every writer needs in order to carve out a rewarding career.

Creating Books for the Young in the New South Africa

Together with his other books, clearly these new worlds and extraordinary characters created by him would keep a nomad on the road. Even though the tent or means of travel might stay the same at times, his readers can be guaranteed many ...

Author: Barbara A. Lehman,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476617169

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 835


This collection of essays analyzes the work of 29 authors and illustrators. South African children’s and youth literature has a long history. The country is the most prolific publisher of children’s books on the continent, producing perhaps the highest quality literature in Africa. Its traditions resonate within the larger world of children’s literature but are solidly grounded in African myth and archetypes. The African diaspora in the U.S. and elsewhere have stories rooted in these oral traditions. Much has changed in South African literature for children since the 1994 transformation of the country. A field once dominated by all white and mostly female writers and illustrators has diversified, adding many new voices.

How To Write Comedy

Buildinga series: if you can create an idiosyncratic style, it follows that you can make a series of sketches that have your unique stamp on them. • Creating extraordinary characters: there are no limitations on the appearance of your ...

Author: Tony Kirwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781845285616

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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First you have to come out with a flow of ideas and decide which ones will work. Then you must give them a tight structure, and then write crisp dialogue which builds in constant laughs. This practical but inspirational book guides new and more experienced writers step by step through the process of each comedy genre. It gives space for your creativity to shine as you gradually build your skills. Beginning with sketches, the basic building blocks of comedy, you’ll find how you can quickly create great premises, and then structure them into two-minute slices of hilarity. The same techniques will help you write a string of jokes and one-liners. · A practical guide to comedy as you write it, from creating mindmaps from which to glean your new material, to techniques of structure, characterisation and dialogue which work. · Covers the distinct techniques and mindsets needed by each genre in turn, in the usual progression of a writer’s career - from jokes and sketches to sitcoms. You’ll also learn how to find outlets for your work, from submitting to the BBC to staging your own show or filming comedy for the internet.

This Life This World New Essays on Marilynne Robinson s Housekeeping Gilead and Home

Unlike the characters in classic Westerns, Robinson's do not try to dominate their natural or social milieu.6 For them, ... in Schaub 242).8 In order to create these extraordinary characters, Robinson purposefully uses literary, ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004302235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 182


The first book devoted entirely to Robinson familiarizes readers with the major currents in her thought from a diversity of perspectives—Romanticism, ecocriticism, medicine and literature, religion and literature, theology, American Studies, critical race theory, and feminist and gender studies—that reflects the amplitude and fecundity of Robinson’s art and thought.

Masterclass Developing Characters

For extraordinary it certainly was. Both Susan and Matthew had moments of thinking so, of looking in secret disbelief at this thing they had created: marriage, four children, big house, garden, charwomen, friends, cars... and this thing ...

Author: Irving Weinman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781471804489

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 657


LEARN HOW TO WRITE CHARACTERS THAT COME ALIVE ON THE PAGE. A guide to building characterization for writers who want - or need - to go further, this is an ideal course for the person who doesn't have the time or money to attend an advanced fiction writing workshop. It uses a unique interactive Workshop method to engage the writer with their material, editing and redrafting your characters and their contexts to take your work to the next level. With support, advice and inspiration from a leading and respected creative writing tutor, this is an essential book for you if you know you need to polish and hone your manuscript prior to attempting publication. With the help of this highly focused guide you'll create characters with depth and authenticity. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Creating Character Bringing Your Story to Life

Many a book with ordinary characters was made extraordinary by the quality of the writing. Similarly, many books with fairly pedestrian writing were made extraordinary by singular or unique characters (as in many of the bestsellers ...

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9780997901085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

View: 736


All fiction is character-driven, according to William Bernhardt, despite what you might have heard elsewhere. If your characters don’t interest readers, even the most exciting plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, but what does that mean, and how can you use that fundamental principle to create dynamic fiction that will captivate readers? This book explains the relationship between character and plot, and how the perfect melding of the two produces a mesmerizing story. Using examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the art of character creation in a direct and easily comprehended manner. The book also includes exercises designed to help writers apply these ideas to their own work. William Bernhardt is the author of more than fifty novels, including the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published by major houses. He is the only person to have received the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." The Red Sneaker Writing Center is dedicated to helping writers achieve their literary goals. What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this book is for you.

Literary Narratives and the Cultural Imagination

... the novel, in this case, becomes the ideal vehicle for expressing different points of view and creating extraordinary characters who are driven by solipsistic desires.60 As the British scholar Ian Watts argues, the character of Don ...

Author: María Odette Canivell Arzú

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498536967

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

View: 974


Literary Narratives and the Cultural Imagination analyzes the cultural imaginaries of the United Kingdom and Spain through their national heroes, King Arthur and Don Quijote, and compares the ways in which they have been constructed as marketing tools.

Jos Donoso s House of Fiction

Besides giving life to a mythic character , Mariola Roncafort , as well as scenes from her life and history ... the scene of reading and of creating extraordinary characters as the significant rite of passage for the grandson .

Author: Flora María González Mandri

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814325262

Category: History

Page: 199

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Gonzalez Mandri focuses on Donoso's novels and novellas from the 1950s through today, including Coronation (1957), A House in the Country (1978), The Garden Next Door (1981), and "Taratuta" (1990). She concentrates particularly on questions of space and perspective within the theatrical-novelistic world he creates, considering the "house" in Donoso's fiction - the family home, brothel, convent, or apartment - as theater. The doors and windows of his houses act as frames for dramatic scenes within which he directs the movements of his subjects for his audience.

Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa

In order to write humorous copy, the copywriter should bear the following in mind (Meeske 2003: 130): use a credible setup (a general human truth) and extraordinary characters, or create an extraordinary situation with ordinary ...

Author: Rotimi Williams Olatunji

Publisher: Amalion Publishing

ISBN: 9782359260199

Category: Social Science

Page: 276

View: 401


his book brings together cutting-edge research by leading African communication and media theorists to provide a broad but detailed survey of the history and present state of the art of advertising in Africa. The book is a thought-provoking reminder of the variety of approaches to the study of marketing communication on a continent where advertising is often taken for granted. From indigenous African forms of advertising – by street criers, wall paintings, and even olfactory appeals – to the latest experiments in integrated marketing communication via the Internet, home videos, smartphones, and social media, Dimensions of Advertising Theory and Practice in Africa is a comprehensive survey both of Africa's contributions to the globalized advertising industry and of the industry's profound affect on African economies and cultures. The first collection of its kind, the book marks an important moment in the study of marketing communication in Africa. It will be an essential text for years to come.

The Encyclopedia of Film

Remarkably , De Niro recorded the reprehensible qualities of these characters without losing sight of their humanity . ... De Niro consistently finds ways to create extraordinary characters who allow us to see deeper into ourselves .

Author: James Monaco

Publisher: Perigee

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025397154

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 596

View: 460


A collection for laypersons and experts alike, this authoritative work includes biographies of the stars, producers, directors, writers, technical information, and more

How to Build a Great Screenplay

Here we come to accept him as the leader ; we suspend our disbelief in the floppy cowboy as the hero . But sometimes it isn't extraordinary decisions characters make but the introduction of extraordinary circumstances that creates a ...

Author: David Howard

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429994789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 464

View: 750


How to Bulid a Great Screenplay is a definitive guide on the mechanics of screenwriting--filled with examples--from the author of The Tools of Screenwriting. Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of: * characterization * story arc * plotting and subplotting * dealing with coincidence in story plotting * classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure * tone, style, and atmosphere * the use of time on screen * the creation of drama and tension * crucial moments in storytelling Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.

Rent FAQ

These characters matter; their struggles to find themselves in the wastelands of their early twenties are a ... wrote in a press release about his approach to Jonathan Larson's work: “He created extraordinary characters that young ...

Author: Tom Rowan

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781540004970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

View: 199


After opening in a small Off-Broadway theater, Rent, a modern adaptation of Puccini's La Bohème, quickly became a worldwide phenomenon with a more zealous and devoted fan base than had any musical in history. Rent FAQ includes biographical info on the musical's brilliant creator, Jonathan Larson, who tragically passed away at age 35 the night before the show began preview performances. Other chapters focus on the creative team and original cast; the development of the script and score from early drafts and workshop performances to the version we know and love today; the movie version, tours, and much more. The section “Rent Cultural Literacy” is a guide to all the titles and real people referenced in the show and the East Village and Alphabet City locations that Rent helped make famous; another chapter provides clues to the characters and tips for anyone thinking about auditioning for the musical, or putting on a production! A final chapter provides a rundown, with numerous photos, of revivals and local productions all over the country, including regional, community, and dinner theaters, and high school and college versions. Rent FAQ is a treasure trove of information, background, and fun facts for the show's devotees as well as anyone who might be lucky enough to be discovering the musical for the first time!