Thursday, November 29, 2012

More Advice


1. Dramatic action occurs when a character decides to do something either because of circumstances or in spite of consequences. Characters must ACT (since it's part of their name).

2. Remember imagery. Remember to use interesting, specific diction. Use your literary devices that you have learned about. Use them.

3. Effective dramatic action is character initiated that goes beyond simply reacting.

4. A character's motivation is an attempt to turn a negative situation or event into a positive one.

5. Motivations for characters are driven by human needs/desires: revenge, injustice, ambition, haunting memories, sick relatives, economic issues, etc.--these are obvious choices. Make sure your characters are motivated.

6. There is often a catalyst that causes a problem for the characters. The catalyst should be a major event or situation in your play's premise.

7. Characters should have a function in the story and/or for the proper staging of your play.

8. Supporting characters reflect on, contrast, or "support" your main characters.

9. Remember the time lock; the events in your play need to happen in a limited time frame.

10. Conceal exposition through conflict. Turn exposition into "ammunition" (Robert McKee says).

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