July 11The First Plot Point Of A Story
An older article from the Vault explains the importance of clearly defining the start of a story.
May 9Main Character And Perspective
The Main Character of a story is a perspective, not a character.
March 5Finding The Protagonist And Antagonist Of Your Story
Identifying the two driving forces in a story comes down to the difference between Initiative and Reticence.
February 4The Ultimate Collection of Protagonists Who Act as Influence Characters
When the one driving the plot is not the Main Character, they often are the Influence Character.
February 25, 2016Moving Beyond The Hero's Journey
Many writers discovered the limited potential of the Monomyth two decades ago.
January 16, 2016Another Perspective On Sicario
Perspective and point-of-view is more important than strict structural rules.
September 13, 2015On Protagonists, Influence Characters And Main Characters
When separating Main Character and Protagonist, the latter doesn't have to be the Influence Character.
August 27, 2015Helping Writers
Identifying The Protagonist And Antagonist Of A Complete Story
Narratives develop integrity by ignoring commonly accepted value judgments of good and bad.
On the Need for Plot Points
An objective view of story helps an Author better understand the events that drive their narrative forward.
The True Champion of Chinatown
The identity of the real Protagonist in this narrative will shock you.
Protagonist and Antagonist: Beyond Hero and Villain
Considering their functional purpose within a story helps establish a sound and effective narrative.
Chasing the Protagonist
The Protagonist: more than someone who wants something 'badly enough to drive a story.'
Redefining Protagonist and Main Character
Understanding the difference between the two opens up whole new worlds of storytelling possibilities.
When the Main Character is NOT the Protagonist
Separate the perspective of the Main Character from the function of the Protagonist and open up whole new worlds of storytelling.