Tag Archives: characterization

Questions 282: Balancing Worldbuilding, Plot, and Characterization

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JR asks:
“What advice do you have for balancing worldbuilding, plot, and characterization?”

Resources mentioned:
The Complete Shakespeare
Yentl
Schindler’s List

Questions 281: Character Heavy, Plot Heavy, Character-driven, Plot-driven

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Michael asks:
“What’s the difference between a story that’s plot-heavy, plot-driven, character-heavy, and character-driven?”

Resources mentioned:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Romancing the Stone
Die Hard

Deep Characterization 3: Relational Style

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In the third episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the ways that a character’s relational style impacts the structure of their lives and is shown in how they respond to the world around them.

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Questions 250: Solidarity as a Biological Drive

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Ed:
“How do you justify classifying ‘solidarity’ as a biological drive in your Deep Character series?”

Resources mentioned:
Cast Away

Deep Characterization 2: The Social Drives

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In the second episode in our miniseries about how to think about character and characterization, we discuss the four basic social drives that are common to all humans, their roots, and how they can affect the flavor and makeup of a character.

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Questions 233: Unreliable Narrators

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Vega asks:
“What kinds of unreliable narrators are there?”

Resources mentioned:
The Usual Suspects

How to Cheat at Everything by Simon Lovell

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson

Psychological Subtleties, vol 1 by Banachek

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov