Protagonist, Antagonist

It’s a lot of fun writing the protagonist and antagonist characters, especially when they’re in a love triangle with the one woman they both can’t live without.

(Who doesn’t love a good love triangle?)

It’s an interesting challenge to make them both irresistible, despite their vast differences, polarizing the girl character, the reader and ultimately the audience sitting in the movie theater, which makes for AWESOME drama which equals AWESOME conflict.  And  in the words of Syd Field:

“All drama is conflict. Without conflict you have no character; without character, you have no action; without action, you have no story; and without story, you have no screenplay.”

Letting Go Of Characters

One of my biggest quandaries as a screenwriter is putting my characters in difficult situations. I treasure these characters like my family and I don’t want to see them get hurt. But, as I let go of my characters and put them in impossible situations, I see them grow, I see myself grow and I see my story become a more compelling picture that studios are eager to make.