I watched the opening minutes of X Factor last week and was blown away by the first audition.
From Greensboro, NC, the singer came out on stage embodying The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. He wore high top sneakers, an oversized jean jacket, a plaid shirt tied around the waist, and had a hi-top hair cut with stripes razored along his hairline.
After he introduced himself, a country music tune blared–twang and all.
Screen shots of the judges going “WTF?” alternated with the kid waiting for his cue.
I watched, mesmerized, wondering whether or not I was about to witness a disaster.
As it turned out, dude could SING.
I bring this example up in order to discuss character development.
As writers, we want to paint a clear picture of who our characters are. We also want to make out characters interesting. And we need to do that by avoiding stereotypes and highlighting uniqueness.
What’s more unique than a “Fresh Prince Country Singer?”
How do youse guys develop interesting, unique characters?