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on The Influence Character

This character is responsible for forcing the Main Character to deal with his or her personal issues--regardless if they themselves even realize they are doing it. The Influence Character isn't a character, it's a consistent point of view designed to shine a light on the Main Character's blind spots. This is why the Influence Character role can be handed off to different physical characters, like the Ghosts in A Christmas Carol. Though, just because you can do it, we wouldn't suggest it--we've tried it. Unless your Dickens, you're better off keeping it to one character.

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