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A Name Is Power To A Character

“A Name Is Power To A Character”

For me as a writer, it’s imperative that my characters have names that represent their energy, personality, faults and dreams, especially the main characters.

Some of you may remember a blog post last year when I FIRED a main character from my Romantic/Comedy screenplay because her name (and all that she represented) wasn’t a good fit for the role. It just wasn’t working, and I had to let her go.

(But not to worry – that character will turn up in another one of my stories, to be sure.)

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Selznick & Leigh (Courtesy Photo)

Enter “Brandy.”

Brandy embodied exactly the traits I was looking for in that main female character. Once I cast Brandy – well, her name, that is – in that coveted role, everything worked! All I had to do was transcribe her actions, interactions, reactions and dialogue.

I think I have an idea now of how David O. Selznick felt when he was introduced to Vivian Leigh on the set of the Burning of Atlanta scene in the filming of “Gone With The Wind.” His year-long search to find the perfect “Scarlett O’Hara” was a bust, and he’d filmed just about every scene he could around her. However, the instant he met Ms. Leigh, he instantly knew he’d found “Scarlett.”

Yes, Brandy made it work. She gelled perfectly with the other characters – brought out their worst, and brought out their best, all the while growing up herself during the process.

Good job, Brandy, and thank you!

Let’s hope the screenplay contest judges feel the same way.

Write on,

AmyO.

Today, I fired a Main Character…

From my Twitter account:

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For the past five days, I’ve *really* struggled with my Romantic/Comedy script.

The problem: The lead female character, Layne. While all the other characters are energized and ready for action, conflict, and humor, Layne drops the ball in every scene. There’s no chemistry between Layne and her romantic suitors.  She’s bland. She’s wimpy. She’s B-O-R-I-N-G!

So this morning, Layne got her pink slip. (Don’t feel sorry for her. Layne wasn’t right for this story, but perhaps there will be another opportunity for her in a future script.)

As it turns out, I have a character chomping at the bit to take over this lead female role. She auditioned for the part early on, and luckily was still on stand-by.

This new character is feisty, rebellious, outspoken, angry… a real firecracker!

It’s going to be really fun to write her in with the rest of the cast.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

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