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How to Look Past the Perceptual.
Here's another challenge to you guys, but it's REALLY challenging, but I think it's fun.
Find a story (news story, movie, personal experiences, whatever).
And do the following analysis.
Who are the characters in this story? What are the events in this story? What's the setting? Year? Other contexts...
What strengths and weaknesses do you know about the character? What's the character's personality?
Then for each character, put yourselves in their shoes. And ask...
What are they experiencing? What does the character want or what motivates the character's thoughts and actions? How did that character feel in each part of the story. And bonus question, what was the character's past probably like?
When did a conflict appear? Who or what caused the conflict? Why?
What were the driving forces behind the scene that the story didn't explicitly say?
Then finally the biggest question of all:
Who was the storyteller and what is HIS/HER character like and what was his/her goals in telling the story?