Masterclass dot com Lesson 7 Character, David Mamet

“All there is- is the things that people say. Why do they say them? To get something from each other.  Guy A wants to get something from girl B.   Girl B wants to get something from guy A.   That’s why they talk. The rhythm of their speeches is a certain kind of poetry, which structured so if each one of them is pursuing a specific goal, you might even call it a play.” 

 

Have your character use the jargon of his or her profession.

 

Okay…. 

 

This lesson had me a little confused with ‘not’ manipulating change in the character, it could be because I was multitasking; listening to the video, petting my cat, trying to remove the cat hair off my computer and watching  Captain Kirk.  My thoughts, I may be wrong, but what I got was -let your character evolve don’t force it.

At one point he said,( And I am paraphrasing here)  that when you create your characters, create a man or woman, don’t  color them in. You want your readers to imagine themselves as that character. You will lose that connection if you become too specific at the beginning.

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