Category Archives: Character

Character Change: In our own work

So, we’re looking at the inner journey this week.  Let’s see what kind of an inner journey we can create for the one-liners we’re working on.  Here we go… Continue reading

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Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week.  Here’s the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You (336 pages).

Spoiler Alert.  And Long Post Alert. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week (Part 1 here), and today we’re looking at the structure of the character arc over the course of a story. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1

Other names for the character’s inner journey include character arc, character change, character transformation, ritual pain, and range of change.

CHARACTER ARC: WHAT IS IT? Continue reading

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Antagonists: In our own stories

So this week we’re looking at how to make our antagonists as awesome and effective as they can be. Let’s see what we can do with the antagonists we’ve got in the one-liners we’re developing. Continue reading

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Antagonists: How the masters do it.

Here are my takes on the antagonist breakdowns of the stories we looked at last week (for main character want, need, flaw, symptoms). Continue reading

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Antagonists: How to create a great one.

The masters use many names for antagonists, including nemesis, opponent and villain.  Here’s what they have to say… Continue reading

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Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: In our own stories

We’re looking at the wants, needs, flaws, and symptoms of main characters this week.  Let’s get to our own: Continue reading

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Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: How the masters do it

We’re looking at how the masters give their characters emotional wants and needs and character flaws.  Here’s what I’ve seen in the stories I’ve read lately: Continue reading

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Character: Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms

This week’s tool pulls together what we’ve learned from other tools (concept and theme) and teases out how those tools apply to, and build, a character.  Julie Gray calls it Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms, and I think that’s catchy, if not entirely illuminative, so there you have it. Continue reading

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