Category Archives: Story Points

What is Your Story Driver?

Driver: The mechanism by which the plot is moved forward. Some stories are driven by actions. Others are forced along by decisions. All stories have some degree of both. This question determines which one “triggers” the other, but does not … Continue reading

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Story Point: Mental Sex

Every Main Character should have a Mental Sex. 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 Male or Female … Continue reading

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Story Point: Your Main Character – “Do-er” or “Be-er”?

Some of the characters you create as an author will be Do-ers who try to accomplish their purposes through activities (by doing things). Other characters are Be-ers who try to accomplish their purposes by working it out internally (by being … Continue reading

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Story Point: Main Character Growth

Over the course of your story, the Main Character will either grow out of something or grow into something. Authors show their audiences how to view this development of a Main Character by indicating the direction of Growth by the … Continue reading

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Story Point: Main Character Resolve

The Main Character represents the audience’s position in the story. Therefore, whether it changes or not has a huge impact on the audience’s story experience and the message you are sending to it. Some Main Characters grow to the point … Continue reading

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A Story’s Limit

  A Writer asks… What changes within the Story’s structure when you switch the Limit from Optionlock – to Timelock or vice versa? My reply… The story’s Limit (Optionlock or Timelock) determines whether your story will draw to a climax … Continue reading

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Objective Story Range

This appreciation describes the kind of value judgments that seem to pertain to all the characters and events in a story. For example, a Range of Morality will have a dynamic counterpoint of Self-Interest. This means the thematic conflict in … Continue reading

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Subjective Story Concern

The Subjective Story Concern describes the area of greatest conflict or divergence between the Main and Obstacle Characters. They might see eye-to-eye everywhere else, but when it comes to the Subjective Story Concern, they always come to blows. It is … Continue reading

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Obstacle Character Concern

Because the Obstacle Character Throughline is looked at in terms of its impact, the Concern here will be seen as the area in which the Obstacle Character has its greatest effect. A way of phrasing this is to say that … Continue reading

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The Main Character Concern

As one would expect, the Main Character Concern is of interest only to the Main Character. This appreciation describes the area in which the Main Character is most worried or interested in regard to the way it sees the problem. … Continue reading

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