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.

Tomorrow is NADSWRIM

I’m lying in bed and feeling like it’s Christmas Eve again. That’s because starting tomorrow, NADSWRIM begins! Every year for the month of February, Audio Script writers are tasked- through NADSWRIM (The National Audio Drama Script Writers Month) to write one of several challenges. This year I’m going to take on the quarter challenge, and among all my other unfinished …

Want to Write AD? Listen to OTR

The incredible Craig Robotham is hard at work doing great analysis of audio drama. One of his latest articles is How I Learned to Stop Hating, and Love (Limited) Narration. For all the hatred of OTR– and the hatred is extremely ill-founded and frustrating to me- if you despise old time radio it’s usually for one of the following reasons: 1. …

Posing a Juxta

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, …

3D- Character Dimensions

Not exactly Story Toolkit approved, but another take on character dimensions!- J. Ward Edited from Storyfix.com Somewhere along the writing road you’ve surely read a critic describe a protagonist in a story as one dimensional. But what are they? What’s that extra dimension about, anyhow? What does it even mean? The first dimension of character – surface traits, quirks and …

Storyshowing

Mouths gape in awe as my students struggle to believe me. I explain again, that I don’t keep music on my phone. This doesn’t mean, I don’t use audio. I listen to spoken word- podcasts and audio drama. Recently, I’ve discovered the “speed up” feature on my podcast app and I devour my audio efficiently. What a joy! I remember …

Audio Drama has a Diversity Problem

It is safe to say, I’m an audio drama addict (apologies to Dani Cutler who first coined the term). I’ve been listening to radio plays and audio plays and audio books and experimental audio storytelling since I was very young. From my earliest memories, I remember my parents gave me records of Old Time Radio heroes. I grew up listening …