Principles of Art Design (Polarization)

In another attempt to polarize your cast of characters in a story, let’s consider the other aspect of art identification- the principles of design. Previously we looked into the elements of art. Remember the key to polarizing is to be consciously aware that your characters should react uniquely to different situations in your story. Here are the eight principles. Balance: …

Elements of Art (Polarization)

I am constantly fascinated with orders and organizations of groups, mostly because the grouping units MUST be different enough to warrant their inclusion in the larger grouping. And those different enough represent an opportunity for polarization. So let us look at the seven elements of art and see how they could utilized in polarizing characters. We will have to try …

Your Character’s Spirit Animal (Polarization)

Always looking for new options to polarize characters. your intrepid Jack has discovered the writings of Coryelle Kramer whose speciality is animal communication. Ms. Kramer has identified what she considers to be six animal dynamics. Look at her list here: The Direct & Demanding The Rule Breaker The Energetic The Sensory The Shifter The Transcendent Now consider what they may …

The Seven Wandering Heroes

The incredible Department of Nerdly Affairs Podcast recently had an episode about the concept of Murder Hobos. I don’t normally like these kinds of terms because they originate from something I’m going to call Cynical Tropism. I was struggling with entitling this new form of criticism because while it is certainly a modern phenomenon, it’s not the same as Modern …

In Rod We Trust

Anyone who has heard me speak of my writing, know I owe a great deal to Rod Serling. His Twilight Zone was a launching platform for my imagination. I would set my alarm for one or two in the morning once a week to see reruns in the early hours. When my black and white television warmed up, and I …

Audio that Moves You

Crossposted From The Sonic Society, August 26th, 2018 Recently, I was catching up on the Audio Drama Production Podcast and I listened to Steve Schneider’s excellent discussion with Sarah Golding about the importance of having a powerful beginning. Steve is a deft writer/producer, and always has some key insights in what makes excellent audio drama. And this made me consider what struck me most in …

Polar Pens- Polarizing with the PEN Method

As we complete a variety of ways to create interesting characters that can provide depth and conflict, we look at Hans Eysenck’s theory of three dimensions of personality. Eysenck took many of the multiple traits and boiled everything down into a model of three possible dimensions: Extraversion-Introversion Individuals with high levels of extraversion engage more in social activities. They tend to be …

Character Cats

Raymond Cattell’s Taxonomy identifies 16 different personality  factors that could be used for polarizing and dimensionalizing characters. Give them a try in your story! The following personality trait list describes some of the descriptive terms used for each of the 16 personality dimensions described by Cattell. 1. Abstractedness: Imaginative versus practical 2. Apprehension: Worried versus confident 3. Dominance: Forceful versus submissive 4. Emotional Stability: Calm versus …

Psychology and Polarizing: The Big Five

For longtime readers of this blog, you’ve probably guessed that creating compelling and challenging characters whose attitudes and personalities not only are different with each other, but clash in interesting ways is a chief focus in my attempts to improve my own writing. As far back as Story Toolkit Podcast’s episode on Out of Gas I’ve been fascinated with polarizing characters. …

Endings!

Check out this incredible video on just how you should look at your story’s Endings: The Good, the Bad, and the Insanely Great from Pandemonium on Vimeo. Michael Arndt tells us how he sees the three great stakes- external, internal, and philosophical.