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Jul 10, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Great tools on character relationships in this episode of @WritingExcuses.
From @howardtayler: 2 examples of power in character relationships are Personal Power and Position Power. Personal Pwr comes from charisma and social worth within the group. Position Power comes from the hierarchical structure of the organization. #writing #scifi
Inteteresting conflict arises when a character believes their Personal Pwr grants them Positional Pwr (the popular guy who acts like the boss). Or when a character believes their Positional Pwr grants them Personal Pwr (the boss that thinks she's everyone's friend) #writingadvice
@MaryRobinette coming in hot with another alliterative writing tool--this time related to character relationships. The 6 axes along which character relationships exist: Mind, Money, Morals, Manners, Monogamy, and the Marx Brothers. #literary #writerslife
Mind = intelligence. Money = how frugal/what the character thinks money is for. Morals = what is good, what is right. Manners = how one should behave within context. Monogamy = what is the status of the relationship. Marx Brothers = sense of humor. #relationships
@MaryRobinette explains: What matters here is how close the characters fall along each of these sliding scales. Closer= more compatible. If they differ in one category in particular, this is likely where their conflicts will arise (fighting over $). #Writing #characterdesign

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