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Story Structure: Examples of Universe Stories

Universe as the Domain — All of the Objective Characters are concerned with maintaining or demolishing a situation. For example, a country under the thumb of an authoritarian dictator; the condition of a dysfunctional family; a utopian society; a submarine … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of “Bad” as the Judgment

Bad as the Judgment — The Main Character does not resolve its personal problems. For example, a woman who has succeeded in earning the job of company president finds that it is an unfulfilling achievement and that she still wants … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of Failure as the Outcome

Failure as the Outcome — The Goal of the Objective Story is not reached. For example, a family who struggles to get their dying father’s money fails when they find he burned it all before he died; a woman who … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of a Successful Outcome

Success as the Outcome — The Goal of the Objective Story is reached. For example, a detective who wants to catch a killer finally traps him and arrests him; a business woman who wants to be president of the company … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of Option Locks

Optionlock as the Limit — The story is forced to a conclusion because options run out. For example, a lawyer has a limited number of witnesses she can try to persuade to testify in order to clear her client; there … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of Time Locks

Timelock as the Limit — The story is forced to a conclusion because time runs out. For example, experts trying to defuse a time-bomb; students trying to decide whether or not to attend college before their plane takes off the … Continue reading

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Examples of “Decision” as the Story Driver

When Decision is the Driver — Decisions lead to actions in this story. For example, a woman’s decision to find her father, whom she has never met, leads to a series of attempts on her life by those who don’t … Continue reading

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Examples of Action as the Story Driver

When Action is the Driver — Actions lead to decisions in this story. For example, every murder by a serial killer forces the community to reconsider how they will prevent another tragedy; a series of earthquakes forces a family to … Continue reading

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Examples of Female Mental Sex Main Characters

Female as the Mental Sex — The Main Character favors a holistic approach to problem-solving. For example, female mental sex characters try to hold it all together while male mental sex tries to pull it all together; a mother whose … Continue reading

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Examples of Male Mental Sex Characters

Male as the Mental Sex — The Main Character favors an analytical approach to problem-solving. For example, male mental sex looks at purposes while female mental sex sex looks at motivations; a detective sees that the pattern of stolen tools … Continue reading

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