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Creative Tip of the Day, Digest #3
|The Hollywood Reporter recently put out an issue featuring the best 100 lines in movie dialogue as ranked by
various producers, actors etc.
This came about just after I finished giving a note to a writer about their moments needing the space to land.
Writers are often referred to by ‘their voice’ yet with the gazillions of writing books, gurus and schemes out there, none that I know of tell you how to find and hone that voice.
If you struggle with this, here’s a simple exercise:
No matter how much you love your main character remember, nobody’s perfect.
Perfect characters are boring – audiences respond to flaws, it makes characters relatable. Flaws don’t
have to be fatal – sweetness, humbleness, and charity, or any trait carried to extreme, can be a flaw.
Once the flaw is determined ask:
|The Legs of Conflict
Explore conflict on all 4s.
Conflict is more than fighting. Simply put, conflict is when something or someone stands in a character’s
way and it occurs on 4 primal levels: