Category Archives: Obstacle Character

The Influence Character

By Melanie Anne Phillips What is an Influence Character?  First, let’s look at some wide-ranging examples of Influence Characters in well-known stories to show their use and effect, then a bit about how to put one in your story. Example 1 … Continue reading

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The “Influence Character” in a Nut Shell

Stories have a mind of their own, as if they were a person in their own right in which the structure is the story’s psychology and the storytelling is its personality. Characters, in addition to acting as real people,, also … Continue reading

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Four Points of View in Every Story

There are four essential points of view in every fully developed story.  They are the Main Character, the Influence Character (AKA the Obstacle Character), the Subjective Story, and the Objective Story. The Objective story is the most familiar to audiences/readers … Continue reading

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The Obstacle Character

There is one special character who represents the argument for an alternative point of view to that of the Main Character. This character, who spends the entire story making the case for change, is called the Obstacle Character for he … Continue reading

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Relationship Between Main & Obstacle Characters

The Main Character comes into a story with a tried and true method for dealing with the kind of problem featured in the story. That method has always worked for the Main Character before: it has a long history. Suddenly, … Continue reading

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Story Structure – Part 11 (video)

“The Four Throughlines – Part 2” In this episode I describe the battle between the Main Character and the Obstacle Character over their opposing philosophies at the heart of a story’s message. Here’s the link t the video: http://storymindguru.com/dramatica-unplugged/11%20The%20Four%20Throughline%20-%20Part%20Two.htm

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Archetypes and the Crucial Element

A writer recently asked: Is it necessary to have the main character as one of the archetypes?   No. The Main Character point of view must be attached to one of the character elements, not necessarily to an archetype. A … Continue reading

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