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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
By Melanie Anne Phillips Can things be characters? A writer asks: “My favorite creative writing book is ‘Setting’ by Jack Bickham. Use of setting as primary with characters, plot, theme, mood, etc derived from it and interacting with it seems … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips 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 clearly … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips From a structural standpoint, characters are just cogs in the machine. They have a job to do in the story as a protagonist, antagonist or any one of the functional roles that must be filled for … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Writers tend to create characters that are more or less the same age as themselves. On the one hand, this follows the old adage that one should write about what one knows. But in real life, … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips A goal is what the characters chase, but what chases the characters? Answer: the Consequences. Consequences double the dramatic tension in a story by providing a negative result if the goal is not achieved. Consequences may be … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Dramatica Story Development Software has many powerful tools for creating and developing characters. This video clip provides an introduction to all of them. Not only will this help you if you use Dramatica, but even if … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Although a personal goal for each character is not absolutely essential, at some point your readers or audience is going to wonder what is driving each character to brave the trials and obstacles. If you haven’t … Continue reading