Category Archives: Characters

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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Character Change is Good (or maybe bad)

By Melanie Anne Phillips At the core of a story’s message is a very simple issue – whether it is better to be like the main character or not.  For characters like Scrooge in  A Christmas Carol, the message is … Continue reading

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The Tectonic Plates of Story Structure

By Melanie Anne Phillips Think of the large structural elements in a story as tectonic plates in geology that push against each other driven by an underlying force. In geology that force is generated by currents in the mantle. In … Continue reading

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The 8 Character Archetypes

All about the 8 Essential Archetypal Characters…

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Introduction to Heroes

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