1-4: Memorable Characters (SF)

Posted on: by Michael Tringe

Key Points

Writing Characters Fans Will Love

  • Who are your main characters, and what are their backstories?
  • What are your characters’ goals, and what drives them?
  • What are the relationships between your characters?
  • What external and internal obstacles exist for each character?
  • What are your characters’ secrets?


  • List your main characters and describe them.
  • Write a scene with your main characters to learn how they behave with each other.

Written by Michael Tringe

Mike Tringe earned his MFA in Film Production from USC and has worked at Creative Artists Agency Film Sales (Paranormal Activity, Black Swan), Vuguru, Michael Eisner's multi-platform studio, (The Booth at the End (Hulu), Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Snag), Little Women Big Cars (AOL), and Blip Networks (300 million monthly views, Smosh, Annoying Orange, Nostalgia Critic).

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