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1 The Dance of the Divine Where Story Arc and Character Arc Meet

2 Story Arc – Old School Greek Cool ExpositionRising ActionClimaxFalling ActionDénouement Sets up story and ends with inciting incident Hook me! Obstacles, problems, trouble Show me conflict! Comedy-things go bad. Tragedy-things go well. Show me huge change! Moment of reversal after the climax, final suspense. Start wrapping things up Conflicts are resolved. Catharsis. Give me a feeling a that lingers Page 2 Aaron Ritchey - Dance of the Divine

3 New School Story Arc Now in Technicolor! 3Ritchey Divine

4 Story Arc – Save The Cat! ACT IACT IIACT III OPENING IMAGETHEME STATE SET-UPCATALYSTDEBATEBREAK INTO ACT IIB STORY FUN AND GAMES MIDPOINTBAD GUYS CLOSE IN ALL IS LOST! DARK MOMENT BREAK INTO ACT IIIFINALEFINAL IMAGE 4Ritchey Divine

5 Classic Character Arc a call to adventure - accept or decline? a road of trials achieving the goal or boon (self-knowledge) a return to the ordinary world application of the boon Thank you, Mr. Campbell 5Ritchey Divine

6 The Dons Character Ideas Three Types of Characters Everyman Classic Hero Dark Protagonist Internal conflict – When does your character want what they most desire and when do they want the exact opposite? What in your characters past has hurt them the most? What is the mystery? What in your characters life could dramatically change them forever? No going back. Thank you, Donald Maass 6Ritchey Divine

7 Save the Cat Character Stuff The trick is to create a character who… Offers the most conflict in that situation Has the longest way to go emotionally Is the most demographically pleasing. Thank you, Blake Snyder, wherever you are. 7Ritchey Divine

8 Puppies Pet the puppy. What makes the heroine the heroine? Why should we care? Kick the puppy. What makes the villain the villain? Why should we hate her? 8Ritchey Divine

9 My Character Arc Questions What does my heroine most want? What does my heroine most fear? What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to my heroine? Thank you, Battlestar Galactica 9Ritchey Divine

10 Story Arc and Character Arc ACT IACT IIACT III What does your character most want? How is your character weak or strong? Pet the puppy scene\kick the puppy scene. Becoming the Hero – The Big Decision What does your character most fear? Show me through the obstacles. How is your character changing because of the obstacles? Handling good times\bad times. What is the worst thing that can happen? Make it happen and leave us in darkness. How has your character changed in order to get out of the dark moment? How has your character grown in order to defeat the villain? What unique perspective into the human condition has your character gained? Confirm the theme\answer all story questions. 10Ritchey Divine

11 Story Arc and Character Arc Use character for a strong opening – what is it about the character that makes us want to love her? Use character for Act II – trials and obstacles that make the character grow Use character to create dark moment – what is the worst thing that can possibly happen? Use character for climax – How has the character grown so they can defeat the villain? 11Ritchey Divine

12 Bibliography The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Screenplay: The Foundation of Screenwriting by Syd Field Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling by Donald Maass Story by Robert McKee The Never Prayer by Aaron Michael Ritchey Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder 12Ritchey Divine


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