Standout Characters

How to Forge an Emotional Bond with Readers

Author: Mary L. Mercer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692333815


Page: 178

View: 725


SET READERS FREE TO FEEL YOUR STORYRemember the favorite stories on your "keeper shelf," and more than likely the first thing that pops vividly to mind are the characters. That's because truly great stories make readers feel, and standout characters are the primary key to unlocking those emotions.To lose themselves in a story, readers need to be given rooting interests in the characters they're spending time and money on. Rooting interests are developed from specific physical, moral, and psychological traits that emotionally bond readers to the character. Spicing page after page with these empathy traits in fresh and imaginative ways puts the writer in control of readers' emotions like working tumblers in a lock.Take your writing to the next level by learning how to deliver the kind of fantastic emotional experiences readers crave. This book empowers you to craft your story with the reader in mind, and capture their hearts with exciting and emotionally involving characters. You'll learn-* How to lay the foundation for standout characters by using quick and simple characterization tools to create a working snapshot.* The one indispensable trait every character must have that's essential to winning readers' empathy.* Three different categories of rooting interests and how each works to evoke specific emotional responses in readers.* Which empathy traits work best for which kinds of characters, and the special circumstances that can permit a character to get away with almost anything.* How to use flaws to bond your protagonist closer to readers, and create villains readers love to hate.* How to skillfully combine traits to effectively illustrate your theme while still fulfilling genre conventions and satisfying readers' expectations.* Quick tips from analyses of seven of the most iconic heroes, heroines, and villains ever to come alive on the page or screen.

Prewriting Your Screenplay

A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories

Author: Michael Tabb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351058258

Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 3212


Prewriting Your Screenplay cements all the bricks of a story’s foundations together and forms a single, organic story-growing technique, starting with a blank slate. It shows writers how to design each element so that they perfectly interlock together like pieces of a puzzle, creating a stronger story foundation that does not leave gaps and holes for readers to find. This construction process is performed one piece at a time, one character at a time, building and incorporating each element into the whole. The book provides a clear-cut set of lessons that teaches how to construct that story base around concepts as individual as the writer’s personal opinions, helping to foster an individual writer’s voice. It also features end-of-chapter exercises that offer step-by-step guidance in applying each lesson, providing screenwriters with a concrete approach to building a strong foundation for a screenplay. This is the quintessential book for all writers taking their first steps towards developing a screenplay from nothing, getting them over that first monumental hump, resulting in a well-formulated story concept that is cohesive and professional.

Issues in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice: 2011 Edition

Author: N.A

Publisher: ScholarlyEditions

ISBN: 1464963401

Category: Medical

Page: 4090

View: 4648


Issues in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice: 2011 Edition is a ScholarlyEditions™ eBook that delivers timely, authoritative, and comprehensive information about Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice. The editors have built Issues in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice: 2011 Edition on the vast information databases of ScholarlyNews.™ You can expect the information about Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice in this eBook to be deeper than what you can access anywhere else, as well as consistently reliable, authoritative, informed, and relevant. The content of Issues in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Research and Practice: 2011 Edition has been produced by the world’s leading scientists, engineers, analysts, research institutions, and companies. All of the content is from peer-reviewed sources, and all of it is written, assembled, and edited by the editors at ScholarlyEditions™ and available exclusively from us. You now have a source you can cite with authority, confidence, and credibility. More information is available at