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The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing

The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing

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The Eight Characters of Comedy is the “How-To†guide for actors & writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers’ rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it’s exciting SECOND EDITION, renowned acting coach and bestselling author, Scott Sedita, gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you’ll find in-depth REVISED sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique “The Sedita Method!†Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes, which will help you build your niche in half-hour comedy… The Eight Characters of Comedy! Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favorite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe? The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with UPDATED EXAMPLES from current & classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters & actors of all time! After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!



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Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View

Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View

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Craft Vibrant Characters and an Intimate Reading Experience

The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that draws readers in and engages them with characters in a meaningful way. Through a blend of practical instruction, useful examples, and helpful exercises, Writing the Intimate Character shows you how to create the experience of living through a character rather than just reading about one.
Inside, you’ll learn:
  • The functions and benefits of first-person, third-person intimate, omniscient, and second-person points of view.
  • How to apply character cues–specific behaviors, sensory perceptions, dialogue, and visual imagery–to develop a realistic protagonist and secondary cast.
  • The surface and subset feelings that get to the root of your character’s emotions.
  • How different viewpoints affect the story you want to tell.
Writing the Intimate Character helps you craft a novel in which readers can experience your characters’ senses, dive inside their minds, and truly feel their emotions.

Writing the Intimate Character, the latest engaging guide by Jordan Rosenfeld, is a rich resource we’ll all be learning from for the rest of our lives. ‘Does the term point of view seem too dull and dry?’ she asks. ‘Try intimacy instead.’ And then she shows us how, with diverse examples and wise observation. Now that I have Jordan’s take on how to create a character from the inside out, I’m eager to get to it. You, too, will find this book that inspiring.” —Rebecca Lawton, author of Sacrament: Homage to a River and other books

Writing the Intimate Character provides insights, examples, and exercises that will be useful not only to those who are new to writing fiction but to those, like myself, who are coming back to it after a break. Jordan Rosenfeld’s explanation of how narrative voice works with point of view and other literary elements to create characters that readers care deeply about is clear and revelatory. The book can be worked through methodically or dipped into as needed. It’s a useful tool for getting the gears of imagination working or for jump-starting and fine-tuning a work in process.” —Zoe Zolbrod, author of the novel Currency and the memoir The Telling

“Jordan Rosenfeld has a keen insight into how to construct characters who are truly lived-in. With intelligence and wit, she walks you through every element of powerful characterization, from selecting your POV to demonstrating character growth throughout your story. Whether you’re new to fiction or a more experienced writer, put your trust in Jordan Rosenfeld; she’ll help you tell a better story.” —Laura Bogart, freelance writer and novelist




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Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer’s Reference to Exceptional Character Development and Creative Writing (Helping Writers Become Authors) (Volume 8)

Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer’s Reference to Exceptional Character Development and Creative Writing (Helping Writers Become Authors) (Volume 8)

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Uncover the Secrets to Creating Characters Readers Will Never Forget
Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the acclaimed Creating Character Arcs, showed writers how to identify the five most important types of character arcs and use them to bring your own characters to life with stunning and powerful realism.
Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Creating Character Arcs Workbook presents a guided approach to choosing the right type of character arc for your story, joining plot and character into a cohesive and resonant whole, and choosing stories with life-changing themes.
Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:
  • Write an inspiring Positive Change Arc
  • Create one of three unforgettable Negative Change Arcs
  • Take full advantage of a heroic Flat Arc
  • Align the structure of your character arcs with that of your plot
  • Revise a story that has no arc
  • And so much more!

This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create resonant character arcs—and an outstanding novel.
Start writing your best book today!



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The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

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Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the “tyranny of motive,” and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.



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Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure (Helping Writers Become Authors) (Volume 7)

Creating Character Arcs: The Masterful Author’s Guide to Uniting Story Structure (Helping Writers Become Authors) (Volume 7)

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Powerful Character Arcs Create Powerful Stories Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters—but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? It’s time to look deeper into the story beats that create realistic and compelling character arcs. Internationally published, award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story. This comprehensive book will teach you:
  • How to determine which arc—positive, negative, or flat—is right for your character.
  • Why you should NEVER pit plot against character. Instead, learn how to blend story structure and character development.
  • How to recognize and avoid the worst pitfalls of writing novels without character arcs.
  • How to hack the secret to using overarching character arcs to create amazing trilogies and series.
  • And much more!
Gaining an understanding of how to write character arcs is a game-changing moment in any author’s pursuit of the craft. Bring your characters to unforgettable and realistic life—and take your stories from good to great!



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