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By Michael Schilf · July 28, 2010
Character: What’s his relationship with his father? What was it like growing up where he did? What are his political/cultural/religious beliefs? What are his hobbies? How does he dress? Does he have a sense of humor?
Story: What is the protagonist’s objective: want/need? What is the predicament? Why should we care? Who are the allies/enemies? What do they want? What are the obstacles? What are the outcomes: failure, ramifications, solutions, or resolutions?
Audience: How do you connect with the audience? Make them hope/fear? How do you incorporate planting and payoff? Preparation and Aftermath? Mystery and Suspense? How do you allow the audience to add it up? To reach conclusions?