Category Archives: Narrative Science

Application of Dramatica Narrative Theory and Technology to Analysis of Multi-Source Intelligence Data & Prediction of Target Group Activities

Here’s a little “white paper” I tooled together for the government when we were working for the CIA, NSA, NRO and the Joint Chiefs of Staff a few years ago, using narrative modeling to map the motivations of terrorists and … Continue reading

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Narrative Modeling for Real World Problems

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed upon fiction, but a model of the way we organize information in our efforts to extract meaning and project likely scenarios. More and more corporations organizations, and government entities … Continue reading

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Your Story Has a Mind of Its Own

By Melanie Anne Phillips What if your story had a mind of it’s own, as if it were a character unto itself with its own personality, its own psychology? Suppose your characters were seen as the conflicting drives of this … Continue reading

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How Characters Avoid Truth

It is well known that the observer changes the observation, but it is equally true that the observation also changes the observer. Consider that the order in which you observe a series of perspectives changes you as you go. But because … Continue reading

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Of Men, Women, and Narrative

Not to be cryptic, but perhaps the answer you seek cannot be found from the wisest man because the answer is just beyond what men can see. It is also just beyond what women can see, but then it is … Continue reading

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The Zen of Narrative

By Melanie Anne Phillips Think of the Dramatica theory of story structure as the Zen of narrative. Every new aspect of it that you learn provides a new angle on the issues you face and opens up new avenues of … Continue reading

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We Think in Narratives

By Melanie Anne Phillips We think in narratives. 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 … Continue reading

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What Is Truth? (The Character’s Dilemma)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Characters reflect real people in a purified or idealized state.  And so, we can see in them qualities and traits that are hard to see within ourselves.  One of the most difficult challenges we face every … Continue reading

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Character Justifications

By Melanie Anne Phillips Problem solving tries to resolve an issue.  But if there is an obstacle to a solution, the process of justification tries to find a way around.  Sometimes characters get so wrapped up in the attempt to … Continue reading

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Narrative & Politics

By Melanie Anne Phillips Narratives are constantly at work in the real world, in business, social movements, and politics. A good example of this is in the nomination and ultimate selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, as follows: There … Continue reading

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