Creating Unforgettable Characters

Linda Seger

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256 Pages



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How to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction is the focus of this book by Linda Seger, author of the highly acclaimed Making a Good Script Great. She introduces a series of concepts designed to stimulate the creative process, combining them with practical techniques and exercises. The book covers everything from doing the necessary research and developing the backstory and character psychology to avoiding stereotypes and working through character blocks. Throughout are interviews with many of today's top writers for film, television, and advertising as well as novelists and playwrights.


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Creating Unforgettable Characters
1Researching the CharacterSome time ago, one of my writing clients came to me with a terrific concept for a script. She had worked and reworked the script for over a year. Her agent was excited and eagerly awaiting this new story.Although she had been told that some of her scripts weren't strong enough for the American commercial market, this one was exciting and tough. It was the kind of story that many producers called "high concept"--with a strong hook and unique approach to the story, a clear conflict and identifiable characters.Her first film had just been
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  • Linda Seger

  • Linda Seger is the author of Making a Good Script Great and The Art of Adaptation. She is married and lives in Venice, California.
  • Linda Seger