The most important thing when building your cast of characters, per WGA Screenwriter, author, and MFA educator, Michael Tabb, is that each one serves a purpose. In addition, these characters need to revolve around your premise, which is your theme or message. What are you trying to say with your work? To execute on this premise, you must create a cast of characters to act out your points. Tabb believes every good story should contain five primary character types: 1) the protagonist, 2) the antagonist, 3) the mentor, 4) the ally, and 5) the love interest. From there, you must build the plot, the problem at hand, and the goal or drive of the story to bring together your vision.
You explained well. I'm writing twenty-five pages starting with me as the Protagonist, Mario (Cousin) as the Antagonist, Devil (Ally), Kim (Future Wife) the Love Interest, and Jesus (Father) as my Mentor. You improved me on - organizing my characters.
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Glad you found this helpful. Michael is very knowledgeable and we are so grateful he is willing to share his experience with our members.
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