Category Archives: Narrative Science

Narrative in a Chaotic World

By Melanie Anne Phillips Even in a chaotic world, the Main Character – be it someone one is talking about or about ourselves as Main Character in our own real world lives – will either be striving to begin something … Continue reading

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What is Narrative?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed on fiction nor on the real world, but it is a description of the ways of the mind beneath the level of subject matter. In a sense, narrative describes … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica for Interactive Fiction (IF)

My response to a Dramatica user who asked about the applicability of the theory for creative interactive fiction narratives: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading

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Deep Dive into Narrative Theory (with a half-twist)

What’s my day job? I just got this question from a Dramatica user, and my answer follows… A Dramatica user asked: The layout of the archetypal characters are the same in Situation and Manipulation, but different in Activity and Attitude. … Continue reading

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Introduction to Communication

The process of communication requires at least two parties: the originator and the recipient. In addition, for communication to take place, the originator must be aware of the information or feelings he wishes to transmit, and the recipient must be … Continue reading

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“Ability” and Story Structure

What’s “Ability” have to do with story structure? If you look in Dramatica’s “Periodic Table of Story Elements” chart (you can download a free PDF of the chart at http://storymind.com/free-downloads/ddomain.pdf ) you’ll find the “ability” in one of the little squares.  … Continue reading

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The Four Faces of Narrative

The word “narrative” is bandied about today as a catch all for stories, both fictional and in the real world.  But what does it really mean?  In fact, “narrative” means four distinctly different things that share the same root. The … Continue reading

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A Few Words About Communication

*A Few Words About Communication* The entire book is now available free on our web site! http://storymind.com/page53.htm

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Half-life of the Narrative Difference Engine

This morning/s thoughts on narrative: 1. In the real world, narratives exist in the caustic solution of society. They either continually replenish themselves or dissolve into a sea of memes. 2. Narrative structure operates as a difference engine, but one … Continue reading

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The Authorless Narrative – now on Kindle

  Now on Kindle for $0.99 Narratives can form naturally through the ebb and flow of dynamics through structural social elements without any authorial intent. This 7 page booklet describes the process.

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