The Main Character's preferred method of general problem solving
Main Characters have a preference for either trying to solve problems by changing the world around them, or by changing themselves first. If they try to change the world, Dramatica sees them as a
Do-er. If they prefer to change themselves first, then we label them a
Be-er. Cool fun fact: whatever Approach you choose for the Main Character, the Influence Character will have the opposite one. Boom!
Main Character Approach
In order to unlock the thematic message locked deep inside a story, both Author and analyst must maintain an objective point-of-view.
The combination lies in the application of a key Dramatica concept--the Main Character's Approach to solving personal problems.
The Main Character's personal problems define the flow of energy through a story.
Writers can determine what is necessary and what isn't by looking to the storyform of their narrative.
Writers gravitate to that emotional irritant deep within them and use a story to help work through solving their own personal problems.
The key to really getting Dramatica is to understand that it is all about the narrative relationships the theory models.
Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.
The central character of a narrative focuses their initial efforts on the source of their personal problems.
One is a Protagonist. The other is not.
Some prefer to take action, others prefer to internalize. Knowing which one clues Authors in on the kind of conflict their Main Charater faces.
A simple way to look at the theory's eight essential dynamic story points of narrative.
This week we shorten things up a bit and take a look at one story point: the Main Character Approach. Does your Main Character prefer to solve problems externally or internally?
In this episode we cover the tendency of the Main Character's personal problems to either build-up dramatic resistance or facilitate a greater flow throughout the story.
The Main Character of a story is a perspective, not a character.
Their first point-of-attack indicates where they instinctively feel the source of conflict within them.
Figure out how the conflict feels to the Main Character and you'll find the structure of the narrative.
While simple and sublime in its choice of thematic material, Kramer vs. Kramer reveals some key insights into how great stories work.
Though they prefer to solve problems internally, the Be-er Main Character is still an active character.
By temperament, Main Characters (like each of us) have a preferential method of approaching problems. Some would rather adapt their environment to themselves, others would rather adapt themselves to their environment. There is nothing intrinsically right or wrong with either approach, yet it does affect how one will respond to problems. Choosing Do-er" or "Be-er" does not prevent a Main Character from using either approach