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Seven Ways Screenwriters Can Create Better Character Empathy

by John Madormo on 08/17/18

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines empathy as: "the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experiences fully communicated in an objectively explicit matter." 

One of most important things you can create in your screenplays is empathy for your characters.  Without it, the reader/viewer can never be fully invested.  An audience member should be able to feel the same emotions that your characters experience.  When your hero is clinging to a cliff hundreds of feet above rocks and raging waters, your audience should sense that same danger.  Their hearts should race in the same manner as your hero.

Creating empathy is critical to any successful screenplay.  Ken Miyamoto, a writer with Screencraft, points out Seven Ways Screenwriters Can Create Better Character Empathy.

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