Thursday, October 13, 2011

Choosing a Main Character

by Bill Johnson

I asked a screenwriter I met in passing to read the writing personality types I've created, respond to them, then show me the first ten pages of a screenplay.

I made a wrong guess about who the main character was, which is not good.

When I teach a writing class and ask my students what their main character wants, many students are baffled by the question. They really don't know.

This leads to a diffuse opening.