Category Archives: Narrative Science

Narrative Analysis – American Student Released by DPRK (North Korea)

American student released from DPRK (North Korea) – What’s the narrative? Salient narrative facts: 1. The student is in a coma since March due to botulism, according to DPRK sources. 2. The DPRK has launched 16 missiles in the last … Continue reading

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Narrative Space in the Real World

In an earlier post I described how the term “narrative space” refers to the breadth and depth of the subject matter from which you will develop a story.  Like a cloud, the subject matter is just the raw material – … Continue reading

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Narrative in the Real World and the Mobius Doughnut

In the early 1990s we developed a new theory of narrative called Dramatica.  Since it touched on the psychology of story structure, we believed that it might also be applied to the psychologies of real people as well as fictional … Continue reading

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al Awlaki, the “Uncanny Valley” and Writing Empathetic Characters

Here’s an article about real world narrative I published shortly after al Awlaki, an American recruiter for terrorism, was killed in a raid: Recently, al Awlaki (the infamous “American” Al Qaeda) was killed by American forces. He was viewed as … Continue reading

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Characters and Gender

Perhaps the most fundamental error made by authors, whether novice or experienced, is that all their characters, male and female, tend to reflect the gender of the author. This is hardly surprising, since recent research indicates that men and women use … Continue reading

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Why Characters Misunderstand Each Other

This article was originally written as part of an early draft of our book on the Dramatica theory of narrative which was never published.  It seeks to describe how characters come to misunderstand each other, and how this can lead to conflict. I’m … Continue reading

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Narrative Identity – A Society’s Sense of Self

Here’s a little essay on how narrative can determine whether a group, culture, or society will hang together or fall apart… When you see a society as a group mind, you can see that it must have an identity, just as … Continue reading

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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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