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Character vs. Plot Driven

When it comes to moving your story forward there are usually two driving forces: plot and character. Because each one drives the events in a story a little differently, this gives us plot-driven and character driven stories. With plot-driven stories, the events drive each other forward. High taxes from the king cause a famine in… Continue reading Character vs. Plot Driven

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Plot: Recovery of a Loved One

The recovery of a loved one scenario provides a goal right from the outset, which can make it useful for plot-driven stories. You can check out the other plot scenarios here. A seeker attempts to find the lost one. When thinking about roles and how your characters fill them, this breaks down pretty easily. You… Continue reading Plot: Recovery of a Loved One

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Plot: Faulty Judgement

In many ways, a faulty judgement scenario is very much like mistaken jealousy. However, in the case of faulty judgement the focus may be on the actions that need judging, rather than the outcome. You can check out the other plot scenarios here. A judge passes blame onto the victim instead of the guilty as… Continue reading Plot: Faulty Judgement

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Plot: Mistaken Jealousy

Mistaken jealousy takes a little bit to understand as a plot, but becomes a wonderful scenario for character and plot-driven stories once you do. You can check out the other plot scenarios here. A jealous person covets a possession belonging to an accomplice due to the interference of an adversary or mistake. Role-wise this is… Continue reading Plot: Mistaken Jealousy

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Plot: Dishonored Beloved

A dishonored beloved plot can bring a whole new layer of complexity and twists to the story when employed. If you'd like, you can check out all of the plot scenarios here. A wrongdoing is discovered against a loved one. The roles for the dishonored beloved plot are extremely variable. You must have someone who… Continue reading Plot: Dishonored Beloved