Category Archives: Character Psychology

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex

By Melanie Anne Phillips Perhaps the most fundamental error made by authors, whether novice or experienced, is that all their characters, male and female, tend to reflect the gender of the author. This is hardly surprising, since recent research clearly … Continue reading

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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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Should Your Main Character be Linear or Holistic?

Every Main Character should have a Problem-Solving Style.  Whether your Main Character is a horse, a house, a person, or an alien, the audience will not be able to empathize with it unless that character possesses a Linear or Holistic … Continue reading

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John Muir and the Poodle People

My latest video on narrative psychology…

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Characters – Introduction to “Blind Spot”

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Overcoming Habits

Useful for characters, writers and anyone: It is extremely difficult to overcome a habit in one’s mind before one acts upon it. Those who try to change engage in a terrible inner fight in the internal realm. Further, whenever one … Continue reading

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