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Raindance Writers' Lab, 2nd Edition by Elliot Grove

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5   Characters

 

THERE ARE TWO ways to approach developing a story idea: The first way is to come up with a concept – a short five to eight word phrase that sums up the entire idea for a movie. The second way is by creating memorable characters.

Think back to the last time you went to see an A movie (see previous chapter). When you got up the next morning, wasn't the ambience and essence of the movie still hanging over you? And what did you remember from the movie? The plot points? Or the people you met the previous night at the cinema? Of course you will remember a couple of the major plot points, but aren't the people you met at the cinema more memorable than the details of the story line? Have you ever watched a movie you really loved again ...

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