Category Archives: Characters

The Influence Character

By Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley There is one special character who represents the argument for an alternative point of view to that of the Main Character. This character, who spends the entire story making the case for change, … Continue reading

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Only One Main Character in a Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips There’s only one main character in a story.  Why?  Because a story is about the group experience of trying to achieve a goal.  When people come together around a common issue in the real world, they … Continue reading

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Archetypes vs. Stereotypes

By Melanie Anne Phillips Archetypes, by definition, are characters defined by their plot function, such as the protagonist, who is trying to achieve a goal, and the antagonist who is trying to stop him. All of the archetypes have a … Continue reading

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Protagonist v Antagonist

By Melanie Anne Phillips Some years ago, I wrote the following article describing the differences between the protagonist and antagonist archetypes.  Pretty good stuff – BUT…  Like any reasonably good teacher, I keep on learning – maybe not so much … Continue reading

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Psychoanalyze Your Story

By Melanie Anne Phillips Does your story suffer from “Multiple Personality Disorder”? 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. … Continue reading

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The 8 Character Archetypes

By Melanie Anne Phillips The following video clip is from my “classic” 12-hour writing course from 1999, Dramatica Unplugged.  Though dated technically, it is still the most complete discussion of story structure available.

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Protagonist & Antagonist – Who ARE These Guys?

By Melanie Anne Phillips The protagonist and antagonist may not be who you think they are.  For one thing, a protagonist is not necessarily the hero of a story.  Structurally speaking, the protagonist is the one who shakes up the … Continue reading

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The 8 Character Archetypes

By Melanie Anne Phillips This video is excerpted from my “classic” 1999 12 hour long series on story structure and the Dramatica Theory called Dramatica Unplugged: A 12 Hour Writing Course. In this episode, you’ll learn about the 8 essential … Continue reading

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Should Your Main Character Start or Stop?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Over the course of your story, the Main Character will either grow out of something or grow into something.  Authors show their audiences how to view this development of a Main Character by indicating the direction … Continue reading

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Character Development Tricks!

By Melanie Anne Phillips Use these easy techniques to ensure your characters ares both structurally sound and passionately compelling… Need personalized story development help? Click below to learn about my story consulting service:

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