Category Archives: Narrative Science

Does Your Story Suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder?

In psychology, Multiple Personality Disorder describes a person who has more than one complete personality. Typically, only one of those personalities will be active at any given time. This is because they usually share attributes, and so only one can … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Story’s Mind?

As with people, your story’s mind has different aspects. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. Theme represents its troubled value standards. Plot describes the methods the Story … Continue reading

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Why a “Story Mind?”

The Story Mind┬áconcept is a way of visualizing story structure that sees every story as having a mind of its own and the characters within it as facets of that overall mind. ┬áSo, one character represents the Intellect of the … Continue reading

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The Story Mind Concept

The Story Mind concept is a way of looking at a story as if all the characters were facets of a larger personality, the mind of the Story itself. To illustrate, imagine that you stepped back from your story far … Continue reading

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“Ability” and Story Structure

What’s “Ability” have to do with story structure? In this article I’m going to talk about how the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure uses the term “ability” and how it applies not only to story structure and characters but to … Continue reading

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Narrative in the Real World

Why do I post all these articles and videos on Story Structure? Well, aside from it being my career for the past quarter of a century, narrative theory has shown me that people think in narratives, but we also manufacture … Continue reading

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Stories on the Mind

As with people, your story’s mind has different aspects. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. Theme represents its conflicted value standards. Plot describes the methods the Story … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Cognitive Modeling

Recently, an associate suggested a tie-in between cognitive modeling of cultural storytelling preferences and Dramatica that might, someday, provide guidelines for “writing the next Star Wars.” This, for me, opened the whole discussion regarding the relationship between story structure and … Continue reading

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The DNA of Story Structure

Narrative structure has, at its core, a code not unlike that of DNA. We first documented a model of this DNA of story in our 1994 book, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story, concurrent with the release of our Dramatica … Continue reading

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Applying Dramatica to Real World Narratives

Analyzing and Predicting the Activities of Groups & Organizations By Melanie Anne Phillips Based on theories developed by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley Introduction to Dramatica Theory and Applications The Dramatica Theory of Story is a model of the … Continue reading

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