Navigating Emotional Corridors

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    Navigating Emotional Corridors

    Your character’s personal journey is front and center in every great story — showing how he or she deals with disappointment or pain. But sometimes, developing writers treat this character arc purely from a plot standpoint. Establishing and resolving conflict can put writers in an overly analytical headspace.

    Your audience wants to get inside what your character’s feeling not just see how she’s managing. Do more than connect the dots. Let us experience and explore beat by beat the most crucial moments. These scenes are the glue that holds everything together. They may be the sole reason for some viewers tune in.

    Knowing your character inside and out will give your script an authenticity that draws people in, and may hopefully facilitate in attaching elements. It’ll allow you to tailor plot points to her emotional and spiritual progress. In delving into why she goes about things the way she does, why she sometimes feels alone, why she doesn’t have more support, and what’s stopping her, you’ll be in effect refining your theme. At the end of the day, your narrative POV (which includes your character’s POV), as you navigate the various emotions she’ll encounter, is a key way to make your mark as a storyteller… 

    Topics Covered:

    • Deepening your character’s arc.
    • Defining your character in relation to the agenda of other characters.
    • Ensuring you don’t just have conflict, but that you have meaningful conflict stemming from diverse POVs.
    • Throwing your character into theoretical scenarios… to see what makes her tick and how you can exploit uncovered weaknesses.
    • Getting into your character’s head, feeling the pulse of a scene. Making a scene unfold and expand so it feels like a real-time, but still interesting, development