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  1. Poet of Gore

    Poet of Gore Member

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    The secret of writing characters: AGENDA

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by Poet of Gore, May 4, 2014.

    This hit me as an epifone the other day. all your characters in a scene have to have an agenda. and of course agendas can change. but you keep track of the agenda of all of your characters and dialogue flows so much better.

    i would even say that the WEATHER and locations have an agenda and behave accordingly. like the vines covering an abandoned nuthouse and the fog rolling it to sabotage your hunt for the girl with the piggy tales.
    or a house like in The Shining
     
  2. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    byt, it's 'epiphany'... but i do like the look of your 'epifone'! ;)
     
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    Well, writing is an artificial reflection of life. Every communication has some agenda behind it, however intense or trivial, including this one.
     
  4. GingerCoffee

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    Yes, your characters and the things they do should serve to move the plot forward. Having an agenda is related to having conflict. An agenda serves to develop your characters. You would seem to be on the right track.
     
  5. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    Or Epiphone, which is a brand of guitar.
     
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  6. Yuli Ban

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    Solid realization, colleague. Indeed, it's when two characters have the same end goal but different agenda, or any mix of the goal/agenda plug, that conflict and drama arises.
     
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    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

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    Yes, I do know that. It was a play on the alternate spelling.
     

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