If characters are clear, they’re already relatable.

People work way too hard at making characters “relatable.” All you have to do is make them clear.

A recent study suggests that snipers are the most empathetic soldiers because they actually watch their targets. If a sniper can relate to his enemy, we can relate to anyone, so long as they’re clearly drawn.

How do you put the audience into a character? Easy. Show one. You’d have to go out of your way to keep the audience from imprinting on them. It could be a raccoon, a homeless man or the President. Just fade in on them and we are them until we have a better choice.

If there are choices, the audience picks someone to whom they relate. When in doubt, they follow their pity. Fade in on a raccoon being chased by a bear, we are the raccoon. Fade in on a room full of ambassadors. The President walks in and trips on the carpet. We are the President. When you feel sorry for someone, you’re using the same part of your brain you use to identify with them. ~ DAN HARMON

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