Category Archives: Characters

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)

At the core of a story’s message is a very simple issue – whether the author is telling us it is better to be like the main character or not.  This is usually thought of as the moral of the story and … 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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