- Character Arcs (Wikipedia) A general overview of what a character is
- How to Write Character Arcs An in-depth explanation of the various phases a character goes through in different types of arcs.
- The Three Types of Character Arc–Change, Growth, and Fall The three most commonly used character arcs
- Creating Characters: The Case AGAINST character ARCS Just to play devil’s advocate, I will put this out there.
- What a character arc really means
DEUS EX MACHINA
- Definition of Deus Ex Machina
- Deus Ex Machina definition and examples from the TDF Theatre dictionary
MAJOR DRAMATIC QUESTION
- The Major Dramatic Question A Gotham Writer‘s post by Daniel Noah explaining what the MDQ is
- The Major or Central Dramatic Question Geared toward screenwriters, but a helpful discussion of the MDQ with a few examples from popular films
- The Dramatic Question and Suspense in Fiction One observation about how the MDQ connects to building suspense in writing a story
- Finding the Major Dramatic Question of Your Story Aside from the creepy, in your face picture of Hannibal Lector, this is a very thorough overview of how to get a sense of the question your story is asking.
- Critical Concepts: Dramatic Question If you have the time to read this, this is super in-depth look at what the major dramatic question is, specifically with how it relates to playwriting.
- The Art of Dramatic Writing An excerpt from Lajos Egri’s book on how to set up a premise.
- How to structure a premise for stronger stories Advice from The Writer on creating your premise.
- Where Story Begins–Premise An in-depth discussion of premise from Script
- Writing Log Lines and Premises
- TDF Theatre Dictionary Video guide to the language and terms relating to theatre