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Characters: Lost In Their Own Spotlight

True of people; true of characters: When hit with great personal grief, how many of us stop to think about how all those around us are coping – especially those whose approach to life is to keep it all inside? … Continue reading

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Characters and Contextual Retribution

The minds of characters work very much like our own. People think both in terms of time and of space.  Our time sense gives us the ability to predict what is likely to happen next.  Our space sense gives us … Continue reading

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Fractal Psychology in the Real World

Here is an early article about a new aspect of narrative science I was developing.  It is based on a previous concept from our Dramatica theory of narrative structure called the Storymind. The Story Mind asserts that every story has … Continue reading

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al Awlaki, the “Uncanny Valley” and Writing Empathetic Characters

Here’s an article about real world narrative I published shortly after al Awlaki, an American recruiter for terrorism, was killed in a raid: Recently, al Awlaki (the infamous “American” Al Qaeda) was killed by American forces. He was viewed as … Continue reading

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Should Your Main Character Be Linear or Holistic?

By Melanie Anne Phillips This article is excerpted from text I wrote in Dramatica Story Structure Software.  It describes one of key story structure choices you need to make if your Main Character is to ring true at a fundamental level.  Here’s … Continue reading

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What Drives a Main Character?

By Melanie Anne Phillips A story begins when the Main Character has become stuck in the highest level of justification. Nobody gets there because they are stupid or mean. They get there because their unique life experience has brought them repeated … Continue reading

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Narrative Psychology: To Know Oneself

By Melanie Anne Phillips We all have certain fundamental broad-stroke mental traits such as Reason, Initiative, and Skepticism. As individuals, we use the full spectrum of these tools to try and solve our problems. But when we get together in … Continue reading

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The “Influence Character” in a Nut Shell

Stories have a mind of their own, as if they were a person in their own right in which the structure is the story’s psychology and the storytelling is its personality. Characters, in addition to acting as real people,, also … Continue reading

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Psychology, Personality, Persona & Perception – The 4 P’s Revisited

Some time ago, I wrote a short article describing the four P’s of character: Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception. Psychology was described as the underlying structure and dynamics of a character’s given mind set.  Personality were the interests and mannerisms … Continue reading

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Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception

When developing characters, consider the four “P”s – Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception. Psychology is the underlying mentality of the individual. Personality is the individual’s manner and style. Persona is the impression the individual wants to create. Perception is how the … Continue reading

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