The Audience and
the Main Character
by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
Suppose your audience/reader and your Main Character do NOT agree in
attitudes about the central issue of the story. Even so, the audience will still
identify with the Main Character because he or she represents the audience’s
position in the story. So, if the Main Character grows in resolve to remain
steadfast and succeeds, then the message to your audience is, “Adopt the Main
Character’s view if you wish to succeed in similar situations.” If the
Main Character remains steadfast and fails, changes their view and succeeds, or
changes and fails, completely different messages will be sent to your
Clearly, since either change or steadfast can lead to either success or
failure in a story, when you factor in where the audience itself stands in
regard to the issues of your story a great number of different kinds of audience
impact can be created by your choice.
Do you want your story to bring your audience to a point of change
or to reinforce its current view? Oddly enough, choosing a steadfast Main
Character may bring an audience to change and choosing a change character may
influence the audience to remain steadfast. Why? It depends upon whether or not
your audience shares the Main Character’s point of view to begin with.
From the Dramatica
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About Dramatica and
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.
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
How They Work
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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