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Character Development: What They Don’t Teach You


Character Development: What They Don't Teach You

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All fictional supporting characters fall into three basic categories, and writers need to understand these categories BEFORE they start writing. It is not enough to have a character spreadsheet, or breakdown, or cheat-sheet detailing hair color, where they went to school, their favorite color, etc. Before you get into the details, you have to know the function your character is going to play in any story, and the only way to know this requires knowing which of the three main categories your character belongs to. Their hair color is irrelevant. Their story function is essential. Knowing what kinds of character groupings populate any story, and the specific roles they play, and narrative responsibilities they possess, can add to your writing toolbox by making you a more conscious writer. From this e-book you will learn: the three main supporting character categories, the story structure functions satisfied by each of these groupings, and how to avoid “padding” your story with extraneous or unneeded characters. These are the lessons no one teaches you in MFA programs or in film school screenwriting classes. Do yourself—and your stories—a favor, and learn what they don’t teach you about character development.



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