by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Stories rely on the strength of their characters. The more memorable they are – the better. However, if we, as an audience, don’t buy the characters, we quickly lose interest in whatever their goals or struggles are. Crafting characters that feel real can be tricky for a
The nice folks over at onewordnocaps recently shared this video with us, and it’s pretty awesome. If readers tell you that your side characters need fleshing out, you may be guilty of writing one of these people (we’ve all done it). Check out the video and share it with your
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Hollywood continues to struggle with representing stories from the many different perspectives found in our ever-changing world. Fortunately, the recent box office slate has offered narratives through the eyes of one of the most historically underrepresented voices in film – women. Women of varying ages, ethnicities, and
by Douglas Eboch (@dougeboch) I considered titling this article “7 Ways to Make Us Care About Your Story,” because it’s really the same thing. The only reason we’ll care about your story is if we care about your characters. We stay engaged in the plot of a movie because we
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Sigmund Feud is credited with popularizing the idea that the human psyche is multi-faceted. He suggested that our personalities could be seen as having three parts: the id, the ego, and the superego. Long before Freud’s suggestion of this idea, stories were often told with a key
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) There’s little debate that Better Call Saul is one of the best-written shows on television right now. The writers have managed to take a side character from a different hit show and develop him into a multi-layered protagonist that we can all empathize with. Even though the
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) The ability to construct an interesting character can make or break a story. The two most popular methods are taking a very ordinary person and thrusting them into an extraordinary world, like was done in 13 Hours, or taking a very extraordinary person and thrusting them into the
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Most writers like to think they’re nice people. But is it possible you might be too nice? Have you ever tried to see how mean you can be to your characters? Engaging storytellers quickly learn that becoming diabolical toward their protagonist can be an effective tool
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing.
Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.