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

Recognizable human traits create sympathy for fantastic characters. ... In this case, extraordinary characters (the animals) are placed in an “ordinary” ...

Author: Nancy Beiman

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781351652339

Category: Computers

Page: 367

View: 651


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.

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

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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.

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 ...

Author: Script Magazine Editors

Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.

ISBN: 9781440351174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 94

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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!

The Improv Handbook

Scrubs juxtaposes these characters brilliantly, but playing a character who asks the ... for example, are brilliant at creating extraordinary characters and ...

Author: Tom Salinsky

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441106421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 448

View: 385


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.

Curiosities of Biography Or Memoirs of Wonderful and Extraordinary Characters

Law stood forward at this critical juncture with his projects for creating paper
money , in which he alleged that no nation could sufficiently abound . With a
people much more volatile than the Scots , his projects were received with
boundless ...

Author: Robert Malcolm


ISBN: UCBK:C061296674

Category: Eccentrics and eccentricities

Page: 376

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Creating Characters

Eliminate the usual sources of awe, the usual ways of making a character ... now directed toward the artist who created the exquisite, extraordinary text.

Author: Writer's Digest Books

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599638805

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 342

View: 175


Create characters that leap off the page--and into readers' hearts! Populating your fiction with authentic, vivid characters is a surefire way to captivate your readers from the first sentence to the last. Whether you're writing a series, novel, short story, or flash fiction, Creating Characters is an invaluable guide to bringing your fictional cast to life. This book is a comprehensive reference to every stage of character development. You'll find timely advice and helpful instruction from best-selling authors like Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Sims, Orson Scott Card, Chuck Wendig, Hallie Ephron, Donald Maass, and James Scott Bell. They'll show you how to: • Effectively introduce your characters • Build a believable protagonist • Develop strong anti-heroes and compelling villains • Juggle multiple points of view without missing a beat • Craft authentic dialogue that propels the story forward • Motivate your characters with powerful objectives and a believable conflict • Show dynamic character development over the course of a story No matter what your genre, Creating Characters gives you the tools necessary to create realistic, fascinating characters that your readers will root for and remember long after they've finished the story.

Improv for Writers

... the edges of the eye and continue 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.

Write Naked

How do we go about creating extraordinary characters? ... I sketch out a basic background of each main character as a springboard. I create a physical ...

Author: Jennifer Probst

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440347467

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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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.

Author: Barbara A. Lehman,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476617169

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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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

Discover the building blocks of sketches, jokes and sitcoms – and make them work Tony ... Creating extraordinary characters: there are no limitations on the ...

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 ... in Schaub 242).8 In order to create these extraordinary characters, ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004302235

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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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.

Creating Character Bringing Your Story to Life

5 CHARACTER AND CONTRADICTION “I think...if it is true that there are as many minds ... Many a book with ordinary characters was made extraordinary by the ...

Author: William Bernhardt

Publisher: Babylon Books

ISBN: 9780997901085

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 144

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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.

How to Craft a Great Story

Teach Yourself Creating Perfect Plot and Structure Chris Sykes. is paging a Mr Caplan. ... Finish with extraordinary characters in extraordinary situations.

Author: Chris Sykes

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473688469

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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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.

Literary Narratives and the Cultural Imagination

... expressing different points of view and creating extraordinary characters ... the character of Don Quijote itself plays extremely well with the latter ...

Author: María Odette Canivell Arzú

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9781498536967

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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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 ... of reading and of creating extraordinary characters as the significant rite ...

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.

Modern Enchantments

Yet because the means for creating poems of such intensity were technical and ... heightened subjective states or to create extraordinary characters who ...

Author: Simon During

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674263130

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Magic, Simon During suggests, has helped shape modern culture. Devoted to this deceptively simple proposition, During's superlative work, written over the course of a decade, gets at the aesthetic questions at the very heart of the study of culture. How can the most ordinary arts--and by "magic," During means not the supernatural, but the special effects and conjurings of magic shows--affect people? Modern Enchantments takes us deeply into the history and workings of modern secular magic, from the legerdemain of Isaac Fawkes in 1720, to the return of real magic in nineteenth-century spiritualism, to the role of magic in the emergence of the cinema. Through the course of this history, During shows how magic performances have drawn together heterogeneous audiences, contributed to the molding of cultural hierarchies, and extended cultural technologies and media at key moments, sometimes introducing spectators into rationality and helping to disseminate skepticism and publicize scientific innovation. In a more revealing argument still, Modern Enchantments shows that magic entertainments have increased the sway of fictions in our culture and helped define modern society's image of itself.

Creating Blockbusters

How to Generate and Market Hit Entertainment for TV, Movies, Video Games, ... Placing average characters into extraordinary situations works because we all ...

Author: Gene Del Vecchio

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 1455615293

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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A guide to creating "ever-cool" entertainment. An asset to entertainment executives or anyone aiming to create the next big hit, this book offers guidelines for developing concepts and marketing blockbusters. Whether it is a best-selling novel, a video game, or a high-tech toy, blockbusters play a big part in American society. Despite the prominence of these breakthrough hits, most entertainment ventures do not survive in today's competitive market. This guide identifies the key principles that will ensure lasting success.

Creating Extraordinary Joy

I like the characters . It fascinates me . There ' s nothing else on . I like the subject . I learn from it . It helps my relationships .

Author: Chris Alexander

Publisher: Hunter House

ISBN: 0897933346

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 257

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The cable TV star shares his plan for helping people connect on four important levels--emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical--to achieve the ultimate goal: love. Simultaneous.