Hey writers. I'm a bit of a newbie so excuse any mistakes I make, but I could really use some help here.
Being a 16 year old aspiring writer, (screenplays are my primary medium but I never pass up a short story) I often run into many obstacles a newcomer would expect in such a challenging medium of entertainment.
My biggest problem is character. I have trouble fleshing them out and giving the reader someone fun they can connect with. My characters all end up sounding the same, looking the same and doing the same things, even if what they're doing is totally badass it ends up being somehow redundant.
My question is how to make a great character. A huge open-ended question I know, but still.
Another thing that troubles me in my writing is cleverness. I understand that writers need to be clever and they need to have clever situations happen to clever characters and have those clever characters solve the clever situation in a clever manor, yet I still hit a speed bump at cleverness. It's not a huge problem, but one that could use some work.
To top it all off, I repeat words at the beginnings of sentences so often. "I went there." "I picked up the crowbar." "Little did I know the mutant chicken was behind me." "I spun to face it." Easy to fix, hard for me to stop.
Anyways, since this was my first post, I figured I'd let loose a few broad questions to get going. Writing is what's on my mind 24/7 and your help would help make this 16 year old kid's dreams a reality.
Thanks a million!