Character is choice.

Character is choice.

C. Robert Cargill (screenwriter, Marvel’s Doctor Strange) had this to say on Twitter this week: 

A character’s backstory and affectations aren’t what defines them. They are defined by choices they make. The more interesting the choice, the more interesting the character. Backstory only matters if it informs a choice. Otherwise, it’s just window dressing. Character IS choice.

The vast majority of mediocre and bad stories out there suffer from one key flaw: the protagonist never makes an interesting, meaningful choice. Ask yourself: “What does my character CHOOSE to do that makes them interesting?” If there’s no good answer, you’ve found your problem.

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