Screenwriter Hack: Character Hack That Will Drastically Improve Your Screenplay

Improving screenplays with better character descriptions

These days’ writers get confused on how to describe characters who have superior attributes to themselves. Using collaboration or writer’s room can certainly have a positive impact. Working around the character with more than one person is an effective solution. However, the fundamental question here is that how can a writer form a script outline that he is not equipped to write. Sometimes, a writer despite all his effort is unable to produce something great. It might lack perspective and to solve this issue external help is needed. With added help, writers can quickly complete their stories.

Often writers don’t feel comfortable sharing their work. Being a possessive writer isn’t a crime but under such a situation, the only option left is research. Writers need to breathe and live in that research before forming the screenplay structure. It’s quite common because an unknown character can only be understood using this technique. People can obtain information from their acting experiences as well. In acting schools, pupils get assignments to develop their understanding of how to embody a character. The main motive behind this task is to help newcomers attach themselves to the character and scenarios.

These days even in screenwriting classes, mentors give such tasks to teach their students about character development. It helps them figure out about developing conversation with their characters. Even depicting scenes of apocalyptic movies becomes simpler. It’s important to let things blend and sit rather than rushing into the draft. Thorough preparation before the initial draft can make or break the whole play. A fully prepared writer can even finish the draft within a few days, it is the preparation that takes time.

Generating ideas through characters and surroundings

Let’s say a writer needs to develop a story regarding a post-apocalyptic movie that takes place in a unique world. However, the writer has no idea of how that world looks like. At such a moment a video game might help him generate ideas. Writers may pick new stuff from concepts in front of them. Likewise, writers who wish to write crime stories could hop along with police officers to get some inside knowledge. The same goes for a more characteristic situation. In acting schools, there are a few exercises done at the very beginning. One of them is imitating the person that a student finds highly interesting. Such activities help the actors to grow and develop.

It’s not wrong to say that acting is like shape-shifting. People pick up the style and essence of the characters they wish to portray. To make biopics, actors spend weeks and months with the subject. The reason is to embody that persona. Spending too much time with friends results in one picking the other’s mannerisms. Interests of such friends start to align. Similarly, hanging out with musicians develops your taste in music. Writers who are lost or don’t have any fresh ideas can take motivation from their surroundings.

Selecting someone who fits the role perfectly

Some screenwriters collect pictures to identify individuals whom they think fit best for a specific role. Some even handpick people from reality shows to enact in their plays. It’s all about how well someone fits the criteria for a role. These acting techniques of writing win hearts. Most writers not only find specific people but spend hours and days to figure out whether someone can do justice to a character. Writers focus on the behavior, attitude, and thinking of the person involved. A storyline is greatly benefitted when actors are figured out through scenes. It not only gives an exact idea of the character development but helps in making the storyline stronger.

It’s all about the dialogues and gestures

Portraying a genius isn’t about the dialogues, it’s about the essence. The famous film ‘The social network’ was based on Mark Zuckerburg. However, the way, the main lead enacted him was up to the mark. From the arrogant behavior of a genius man to his condescending nature, everything was exactly as a genius should be like. The audience didn’t have to see the actor perform coding tasks because his behavior and dialogue delivery made things clear. Writers show behaviors through their plays rather than using voiceovers. External behaviors matter the most, as they make a screenplay standout. Once a writer recognizes his goals, other things can be refined with time. In a nutshell, if someone struggles to write a script, they can observe characteristics acting techniques. It is the best way to improve or enhance your screenplays.

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