Do-ers and Be-ers
by Melanie Anne Phillips
A Writer Asks...
Can a "do-er" change to a "be-er" over the course of the
story (and vice <> versa). Also, I’m having a problem changing one
character from be-er to do-er at my particular stage of story encoding (seems
I’m locked in)
The choice of do-er or be-er describes the Main Character’s preference -
not necessarily what circumstances allow him or her. So, although a character
will maintain their preference throughout the story, they may be forced to act
in quite the opposite way.
For example, a do-er in an Action story will be right at home, manipulating
the environment which is just what is needed. But, a do-er in a Decision story
will be like a fish out of water, always trying to take action to resolve
obstacles when what is needed is internal work to set an example or adopt an
attitude. Such a character will try to resolve things in his or her preferential
way until, as a last resort he or she may give in and work at it in the other,
So, any character can respond either as a do-er or be-er at any point in the
story, but it is important the audience know what the character’s preference
is in order to understand the kinds of pressures the character is going through.
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