How to Improve the Characters in Your Screenplay

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Don’t let your characters get away from you.

Everyone has a favorite character from movies or TV. They have someone they identify with, who inspired them, helped them dream, or even gave them nightmares. Characters are central to all storytelling. Oftentimes, they can be mirrors of writers’ struggles or personalities. They are the heartbeat of any narrative.

But what happens when you’re done a few drafts, and your characters still don’t feel cohesive? How do you rework and write them in a way that allows them to pop inside your story?

Today I’m going to go over how to improve the characters in your screenplay. We’ll look at some strategies, tips, and just what it means to have someone fully fleshed out on the page.

Let’s get started.

How to Improve the Characters in Your Screenplay

Before we get there, I’m going to tell you that I’ve been here too.

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