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Characters

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Conflict Can Limit Your Characters

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Characters - The Attributes of Age

Characters' Personal Goals

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Do-er and Be-er Characters

Fire Your Protagonist

Heroes and Villains

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How to Create Archetypal Characters

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Introducing Characters - First Impressions

Keep Your Protagonist Human

Love Interests and the Dramatic Triangle

Main Character "Approach" - Do-er or Be-er?

Main Character "Growth" - Start or Stop?

Main Character "Resolve" - Change or Steadfast?

Main Character "Style" - Logic or Intuition?

Male vs. Female Problem Solving

Men Are From Mars - Women Are From Next Tuesday

Mental Sex - The Truth About Cats and Dogs

On Archetypes

Subjective Characters and the Objective Story

The 12 Essential Questions - Main Character Resolve

The Archetypal Characters - Protagonist and Antagonist

The Chemistry of Characters

The Core of Your Protagonist

The Hero Breaks Down

The Love Interest

Things as Characters

Tips on Writing Characters

Types of Character Growth

Understanding the Main Character

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex (class transcript)

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex (article)

Writing from a Character's Point of View

Matching Characters' Personalities to Archetypes

Character Interests (Likes & Dislikes)

Constructive Criticisms

A Constructive Criticism of "True Lies"

Fried Rice: The Tale of "The Vampire Chronicles"

Jurassic Park - Building A Better Dinosaur

Natural Born Killers: A Constructive Criticism

THE XX AND XY FILES

Creative Writing

Be a Story Weaver - NOT a Story Mechanic!

Blowing the Story Bubble

Elements of Structure - Art of Storytelling

Finding Inspiration for Writing

Finding Your "Creative Time"

How to Beat Writer's Block

The "Nonsense Technique" for Overcoming Writer's Block

Pen, Pencil or Quill?

Psychoanalyze Your Story

The 12 Essential Questions – Overview

The 12 Essential Questions Every Writer Should Answer

The Dangers of Micromanaging Your Story

The Writer's Notebook

Tricking the Muse: the Creativity "Two-Step"

What is the Worst Part of Writing for You Personally?

Writing from the Passionate Self

You Got Me! (Both of Us!)

Screenwriting 101

A Novelist's Bag of Tricks

Express Your Pet Peeves Through Your Characters

Dramatica Software

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Can You Skip Questions in Dramatica?

Creativity vs. Dramatica

Do Dramatica’s Specific Questions Limit Story Richness?

Does Dramatica Limit Your Story?

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Dramatica Software - Assigning Character Elements

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Illegal Plot Progressions

Is Dramatica Software Binary?

The Creative Way to Use Dramatica

Using Dramatica for Short Stories

Using Dramatica's Plot Sequence Report

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What Does Dramatica Mean by the Word Illustrate?

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Dramatica Theory

What Is Dramatica?

A Talk on Dramatica

About Dramatica's Learning Curve

Archetypal Breakdown (Deep Dramatica Theory)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 1)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 2)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 3)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 4)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 5)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 6)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 7)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 8)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 9)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 10)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 11)

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book (Part 12)

Dramatica Domain Placement in Story Structure

Dramatica: Where'd the Idea Come From?

Dramatica’s "New Language" of Story

Dramatica’s Terminology is Too Obscure!

Dramatica's Split Personality

The "Grand Argument" Story

How Scenes Relate to Dramatica's Story Elements

How StoryWeaver Came to Be

Is "Objective" Character the Same As "Obstacle" Character?

Origins of a Story

The Dramatica Chart

The Dramatica Chart (video version)

The Dramatica Structure - Elements

The Dramatica Structure - Elements & Variations

The Dramatica Theory

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 1

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 2

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 3

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 4

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 5

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 6

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 7

The Dramatica Theory and Software - Class 8

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The Four Throughlines - Part 1

The Four Throughlines - Part 2

The Objective Throughline is a Battlefield

Sequences, Acts & Variations

Genre

A New Approach to Genre

Avoiding the Genre Trap

Genre - Revealing Your Story's Personality

Genre- Act by Act

Plot

Creating Extra Tension with Consequences

Don't Forget the Requirements

Four Essential Plot Points

Plot Holes

Plot vs. Exposition

Revealing Your Goal

Subplots

Success or Failure?

The Collective Goal

Yes, but is it a Plot?

Your Plot, Step by Step

Propaganda

Introduction to Propaganda

The Basics of Propaganda

Propaganda and Symbols

Four Levels of Propaganda

Shock as Propaganda

Awareness as Propaganda

Conditioning as Propaganda

Misdirection as Propaganda

A Word of Warning About Propaganda

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Author and Audience - A Collaboration

Who Are You Writing For?

Writing for Oneself

Writing for Groups

Communication vs. Storytelling

The Grand Argument Story

The Free Form Author

Symbolizing Concepts in Dramatica

Communicating Through Symbols

Author's Intent

Both Sides of the Thematic Argument

A Tale is a Statement

A Story is an Argument

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Four Stages of Communication (Transcript)

Audience "Reach"

StoryWeaving and Structure

Medium and Format

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Story Justifications

The Narrative Archetype

The Audience and the Main Character

Story Development

The Four Stages of Story Development

Throughlines - and How to Use Them!

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Work Stories vs. Dilemma Stories

Writing Remakes

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The Story Mind

Inside the Story Mind

Introducing the Story Mind

Introducing the Story Mind (video version)

The Story Mind

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Story Points

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Overall Story Concern

Overall Story Issue

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Story "Driver" - Action or Decision?

Story "Judgment" - Good or Bad?

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Story "Outcome" - Success or Failure?

Story Structure

What is Story Structure?

A Story is an Argument

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A Story's Limit

A Tale is a Statement

A Tale is a Statement (video version)

Bad Story Structure is No Joke

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Terminology

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