Posted on 07/23/2021 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Introducing characters to one another can feel like a necessary item on a checklist.

But author John J. Kelley has noted that in writing he admires — whether it’s a book, a play, or a movie — those first encounters are thoughtfully crafted.

He opens a post on writing character meetings with the caveat that these are not the meet-cutes of romantic comedies, though the same principles can certainly apply.

Kelley offers a list of character needs to guide their behaviors in first meetings, along with an illustration of why these encounters are so critical to the rest of the plot, in a post for Writer Unboxed.

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