Category Archives: Characters

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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Introduction to Archetypes

Archetypes are not inventions, but representations of elemental human qualities.  In fact each embodies a family of qualities not unlike families of elements in the periodic table.  It is as if we put all the Rare Earth elements into one … Continue reading

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The Structure of Protagonist and Antagonist (video)

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The 8 Character Archetypes (part 3)

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The 8 Character Archetypes (part 2)

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Objective and Subjective Characters (video)

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The 8 Character Archetypes (part 1)

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