Showcasing your characters

Donald O’Connor’s physical comedy number Make ‘Em Laugh is one of the most engaging scenes from Singin’ in the Rain.

According to Mental Floss, the 1952 movie was conceived by producer Arthur Freed as a vehicle for showcasing songs he’d written.

It’s said that song-writer Irving Berlin would conceive a movie idea by assembling a playlist of some of his own songs. With about 1500 songs to his credit, that’s a lot of material for making movies.

Writers have the same opportunity. Creating characters is a mainstay of fiction writing. Pull together a list of all of your characters. Write up extensive profiles for each one. Then play with them, shifting them around, pairing them with one another, looking for combinations that lend themselves to conflict and harmony. Create stories by showcasing your characters.