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Category Archives: Characters
Of all four attributes of the hero, his role as the Main Character is perhaps the most intriguing. As described in an earlier writing tip, the Main Character represents the audience position in the story, and is the character with … Continue reading
We’ve all heard the phrase, “the hero’s journey.” Much has been written about the steps in this journey and the nature of the hero himself. What is usually assumed is that the “hero” is an elemental character who possesses certain … Continue reading
In psychology, Multiple Personality Disorder describes a person who has more than one complete personality. Typically, only one of those personalities will be active at any given time. This is because they usually share attributes, and so only one can … 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
Here’s an unusual situation where both Chris and myself independently answered the same question from a writer. Comparing our two replies is both interesting and also sheds light on two different ways of looking at the same central story structure … 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
Consider the Main Character and the Influence Character who, it would seem at first blush, are as opposite as they can be in regard to some underlying philosophical perspective, world view, belief system or moral code. But in fact, they are … Continue reading
From my “classic” 1999 video series on story structure: Part 20: The 8 Archetypes
By Melanie Anne Phillips Justification is the tangled up knot of experiences that creates both understanding and misconception. Like a ball of snarled rubber bands, it also holds a lot of potential, and if something starts to cut into it, … Continue reading