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David Corbett Quotes About Character

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“Developing a character with genuine depth requires a focus on not just desire but how the character deals with frustration of her desires, as well as her vulnerabilities, her secrets, and especially her contradictions. This development needs to be forged in scenes, the better to employ your intuition rather than your intellect.”
“Characterization requires a constant back-and-fort between the exterior events of the story and the inner life of the character.”
“An intuitive grasp of your character is formed by exploring scenes of profound emotional import – moments of overwhelming shame, joy, fear, pride, regret, forgiveness.”
“Compelling characters are not cogs in the machine of your plot; they are human beings to whom the story happens.”
“Whether we know it or not, our minds and hearts are populated by all the characters we will ever need – though we may disassemble them and rearrange the parts into composites for variation.”

Corbett’s book, The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV is a refreshing look at characterization.



Part of Amazon’s review:

“Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the “tyranny of motive,” and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.”

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