Creating characters is one of my favorite steps when writing an original script. Movie characters must be thoroughly developed if they are to be authentic and convincing. It is a great responsibility for every writer.
A list of physiological, sociological, and psychological character traits is often where I start. Attributes like bodily care, friendships, sex life, and intelligence are ascribed. Here is a snippet of my main character’s traits thus far.
After ascribing character traits, I simply type away and create their lives, beginning with who their parents were, all the way up to the beginning moment of the script. It is crucial that I not stop and edit myself during this phase. I simply need to go with my instincts, allowing the character to unfold as I type.
Most certainly, my characters are an amalgam of people from my past and present. I rarely think of a particular person when brainstorming a character. My method is to let go and connect with the character as I type, allowing them to determine who they are and what they do. Again, it is crucial that I not stop and edit or be critical in any way. I simply must type away.
If you’re a writer, please comment and share some of your methods to developing a character. I’d love to know…