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Category Archives: Characters
A lot of books about writing describe the importance of a “Love Interest.” Other books see a Love Interest as unnecessary and cliché. What does Dramatica Say? As with most dramatic concepts, Dramatica pulls away the storytelling to take a … Continue reading
There are 8 essential archetypal characters, each of which represents a different aspect of our own minds. The Protagonist portrays our initiative, Antagonist our reticence to change. Reason is our intellect, Emotion our passion. Skeptic is our self-doubt, Sidekick our … Continue reading
Some time ago I write an article that described the difference between the two basic forms of story structure with the following phrase: You spin a tale, but you weave a story. The common expression “spinning a yarn” conjures up … Continue reading
Here’s a quick tip to help your characters come off as real people. Perhaps the best way to instill real feelings in a character is to stand in his or her shoes and write from the character’s point of view. … Continue reading
In the classes I teach on story structure we often point to Clarice Starling (Jody Foster) in “Silence of the Lambs” as a great example of a Success/Bad story in which the goal (save the senator’s daughter from Buffalo Bill) … Continue reading
You know, my partner Chris Huntley oft has said that the best way to rob a main character of motivation is to give him what he wants. If you fill his need, he has no reason to go off and … Continue reading
The difference between a tale and a story is that a tale is just a linear step by step progression through plot events and character growth in which the next step can be anything at all, as long it makes … Continue reading
Another excerpt from our book, Archetypes – Characters, Narrative and Mind – If archetypes represent basic human qualities, each assigned to a different character, then how would such a convention of story structure come to be? The answer lies in the manner … Continue reading
Protagonist tries to achieve the goal. Antagonist tries to stop him. That’s the simple answer, and it is true enough. But there is a lot more to know about these two essential characters, and the more you learn, the more … Continue reading