Tuesday, 9 July 2013
developing character: writing insight
Last night, I gained an unexpected insight from 'House Husbands' - have you watched that yet? Sunday nights are busy here with rival viewing commitments ('A Place to Call Home' needs to be recorded, while we watch 'The Time of Our Lives' - gosh it's riveting around here!! Oh and lovely to realise they're all quality Australian productions!), so I've been watching HH on catch-up tv... Anyway! One of the scenes showed an actor doing something so true to form, that I realised it doesn't matter what your protagonist does, as long as it's in - or out of - character and you explain it as such. Does that make sense? For me, it was a revelation - and from such an unexpected source! It's given me the confidence to further develop Emily (there you go, easier to call her by name!) and her character in whatever way I like, as long as it makes sense and what she does is explained as such.
And the television viewing - who knew what great research it would provide? Don't they say that inspiration comes from the most unexpected of places? And character resolution as well, obviously!