Two ways to create characters your audience will care about
Quick. Think of several of your favorite characters in books or movies. What makes them stand out to you? Character traits are one thing but focus on those and you just have superficial characters, says screenwriting teacher John Truby.
What grabs viewers and readers most about your character?
1. The fundamental weakness of the character
2. The character’s goal in the story.
If you can create a goal for your hero which forces him or her to deal with their deep weakness, you have the makings of a great story, says Truby.
Learn more in this 3-minute clip.
I’m usually wary of screenwriting teachers, but I totally agree with this guy. Good stuff.