Category Archives: Character Dimensions

Male vs. Female Problem Solving

All too often in stories, relationships and interchanges between characters of different sexes come off stilted, unbelievable, or contrived. In fact, since the author is writing from the perspective of only one of the two sexes, characters of the opposite … Continue reading

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Character Dimensions

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Four Dimensional Characters

All characters, Archetypal or Complex, have four levels or Dimensions in which they may contain characteristics. These are: 1. Motivations 2. Methodologies 3. Means of Evaluation 4. Purposes Archetypal Characters contain one characteristic in each of these areas that describes … Continue reading

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Interactions Among Character Dimensions

Most stories tend to emphasize one dimension over the others. Character Motivations are often made most prominent. Still, many stories are written that compare the methods used by characters, question their purposes, or carry a message that a Means of … Continue reading

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Archetypal Character Dimensions

A good way to get a feel for the content of and relationships between character dimensions is through the Archetypal Characters. Beginning with the Motivation Set, when we superimpose the Archetypal Characters onto the character Elements, an “archetypal pattern” appears … Continue reading

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Character Evaluations

All right, Buddy… Where’s the conflict?! As an example of the concept of Evaluation, imagine two business partners who share motivations, methodologies and purposes. They might agree on what drives them (a motivation to be independent), what they want to … Continue reading

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Character Dimensions

Step into the Fourth Dimension…. In Dramatica, we refer to Motivation as a Character Dimension. Often it is said that characters must be three-dimensional to seem like real people. Dramatica sees four dimensions as necessary to flesh out a character. … Continue reading

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