Character-Driven Story Development for Novel or Screenplay
What you'll learn
- Identify, define, and flesh out the 3 main characters in the story: the Protagonist, the Antagonist, the Ally
- Use the Protagonist's flaw and the antagonistic forces to create conflict.
- Use the Protagonist's flaw to identify his/her special skill.
- Use the Protagonist's special skill to create transformed action.
- The desire and willingness to tell a story through writing.
In this class we use character-driven insights to flesh out your story's three main characters:
The Protagonist / Hero
We use character-driven insights to achieve the following:
Identify the major components of your STORY.
Define your Hero and understand his motives, goals, and limitations.
Identify your Hero’s FLAW.
Use this Flaw to create CONFLICT.
Find your Hero’s ALLIES.
Find the ANTAGONISTIC FORCES.
Use the Hero’s Flaw as a SPECIAL SKILL.
Use the Special Skill to create TRANSFORMED ACTION.
By the end of this class, you will have a general understanding of the major beats in your story. This will give you a blueprint of your story so you can get started on writing your story without having to stare at a blank page.
You will know who your main character is, who his/her allies are, what problem your characters are trying to solve, what the main antagonistic forces are standing in their way, and what major conflicts they have to overcome.
What You'll Accomplish
The class project consists of the 8 worksheets you will complete to help you understand your characters better and flesh out the details of your story.
Each worksheet corresponds to a video lesson. Each lesson is around 10 minutes long, and each worksheet should take you less than 15 minutes to complete.
By the end of this workshop, you'll have a blueprint of your story, which includes a breakdown of your three main characters: The Protagonist, The Antagonist, The Ally. As well as the major conflicts and beats within your story. You'll have a better sense of the relationships, motivations, and dynamics between these characters, and know with far more clarity how these characters might react emotionally and physically to the events within your story.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who has an idea for a book or story, but doesn't know where to start.
- Novice writers who need help with character development.
- Seasoned writers who want a more systematic way to flesh out their story.
Ellie Shoja is an award-winning writer, producer, motivational speaker, and mindset expert. She's the author of The 13th Planet, Your Heart Knows The Way, and Channeled Writing Journal. Founder of Embold Media, co-founder of Peace Unleashed, TEDx speaker, and the co-host of the Unleash Your Peace podcast.
As the daughter of an international con man, Ellie moved 30 times and lived in refugee camps in Germany before immigrating to the United States at the age of 15. By the age of 12, Ellie was suffering from severe nervous tics, anger and mood disorders, and suicidal ideation. What began as a personal healing journey turned into an 18-year deep dive into various modalities of psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. Ellie founded Peace Unleashed in order to share the inner peace strategies, tools, and processes that helped her become one of the most grounded and peaceful people living today.
Ellie has been featured in various podcasts and publications including Entrepreneur, Elite Daily, Authority Magazine, and Thrive Global. Among her clients are A-list celebrities, influencers, and online personalities. She is a keynote speaker and has spoken at national and international conferences including Borderless Content Congress, The Great American Pitchfest, and Digital Hollywood.
Ellie is fluent in German, Farsi, English.