One of the most effective ways of creating unforgettable characters is something most writers have never even heard of.
I first learned about status years ago while studying physical comedy, mime, and improvisation. I remember listening to acting instructor Keith Johnstone (author of Impro and Impro for Storytellers) explain how dominance and submission affect actors on stage and how stillness raises status. As he spoke, I kept thinking of how essential it is for writers to capture the same characterizations on the page.
Since then, I’ve been on the lookout for ways to fine-tune the status of my characters. Here are four essential principles ...