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On Archetypes

by Armando Saldaña Mora

If you're working with archetypal characters -or doing the very recommended technique of developing a character as an archetype and then "swapping elements" in order to make her a complex character- here are the basic views about the central issue of the objective throughline:

Protagonist: Is in favor or against that issue (or maybe isn't completely sure about his position) but he's leading all the actions for -or against-the issue.

Antagonist: Is diametrically opposed to the Protagonist (If the protagonist is in favor, he's against and voice-overs) and he does anything in his power to stop all the actions the protagonist's leading.

Guardian: She tries to shed the light of conscience and show the "true way"about that issue.

Contagonist: He's tempting everyone out of his paths. And bringing other issues -or additional information about the same issue- just to confuse.

Sidekick: She supports one side completely. Be it the protagonist's or the antagonist's.

Skeptic: He doubts both sides. He's his own man.

Emotion: Basically has no reasons for or against the issue, but strong emotional conflict for or against it.

Reason: Analyzes the issue in a dispassionate way. Takes a side as long as it's rational.

So, briefly, using an example of "The end justifies the means" in a story of, say, a nuclear power plant (the cheap energy justifies the nuclear waste) in which the protagonist is against that power plant:

The Protagonist tries to make everyone conscious of the dangers of the plant (the means).

The Antagonist tries to stop the protagonist campaign so the town keeps agreeing about the cheap energy (end) issue.

The Guardian agrees with the protagonist, since she has conscience about the dangers, but tries to make the protagonist seek better ways of making the people conscious.

The Contagonist tries to seduce the protagonist out of her quest (over tire a good public relations job at the plant), so he goes along with the "means justifies ends" issue.

The Sidekick supports the (let's say) Antagonist, (he's some kind of super loyal plant employee), he also goes along.

The Skeptic doesn't thinks the plant (means) is good, but doesn't want a raise on the electric bill either (end). He's against all.

Emotion supports the protagonist in this case (she's some kind of emotional hippie protester) but makes trouble at all protests.

Reason is a scientist researching about sun energy. The protagonist tries to support her efforts.

So, as you can see, you can play with your characters for or against the issue as much as you want. But, in order to have conflict, you must have at least one character disagreeing with the others.


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About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

What They Do

Dramatica is a tool to help you build a perfect story structure.  StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build your story's world.

Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies. 

StoryWeaver focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add depth, detail and passion  to your story.

How They Do It

Dramatica has the world's only patented interactive Story Engine™ which cross-references your answers to questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.

StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through the story development process.  You'll design the people who'll inhabit your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.

How They Work Alone

By itself Dramatica appeals to structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories logically before they write a word.

By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as they go.

How They Work Together

But, the finished work of a structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.  And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is where Dramatica can help.

So, while each kind of writer will find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of writers can benefit from both programs.

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