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One of the most powerful opportunities of the novel format is the ability to describe what a character is thinking. In movies or stage plays (with exceptions) you must show what the character is thinking through action and/or dialog. But … Continue reading
Here’s an article about real world narrative I published shortly after al Awlaki, an American recruiter for terrorism, was killed in a raid: Recently, al Awlaki (the infamous “American” Al Qaeda) was killed by American forces. He was viewed as … Continue reading
Perhaps the most fundamental error made by authors, whether novice or experienced, is that all their characters, male and female, tend to reflect the gender of the author. This is hardly surprising, since recent research indicates that men and women use … Continue reading
This article was originally written as part of an early draft of our book on the Dramatica theory of narrative which was never published. It seeks to describe how characters come to misunderstand each other, and how this can lead to conflict. I’m … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips When your reader/audience first meets your characters in a story, it has the same effects as when you are introduced to someone in real life. First impressions have a tremendous impact that you can use either … Continue reading
It is well known that the observer changes the observation, but it is equally true that the observation also changes the observer. Consider that the order in which you observe a series of perspectives changes you as you go. But because … Continue reading
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
Check out our new audio program: Mental Sex, Characters and You – Just $9.95! This three-hour audio program in mp3 (download and/or play online) explores one of the most crucial aspects of narrative structure that reflects not only in characters, … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips In this article, we’ll first take a quick look at the origins of the concept of fictional characters, then outline some practical techniques for creating compelling characters from thin air. Where Do Characters Come … Continue reading