Category Archives: Narrative Science

Flight Recorder of the Subconscious

A real life example that just occurred: In the kitchen, I began singing the theme song from the 1965 old west comedy “Cat Ballou” starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.  Upstairs, Teresa (upon hearing this) inquired why I was singing … Continue reading

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The False Narrative

By Melanie Anne Phillips A false narrative is one in which a complete narrative pattern is perceived in a given situation, but it is not an actual narrative at work in the situation.  The perception of a false narrative can … Continue reading

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The Authorless Narrative

Not every narrative has an author. Just as art may be in the eye of the beholder, the existence of a narrative may be in the eye of the observer. We are all pattern makers. This is evident in everything … Continue reading

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Narrative Dynamics (Part 4)

Excerpted from the book, Narrative Dynamics The Dramatica Model In this book, I’m documenting the development of a whole new side of the Dramatica theory – story dynamics. Dramatica is a model of story structure, but unlike any previous model, … Continue reading

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Notes on Timelock and Optionlock

Working on a new dynamic model of narrative to complement the structural model of Dramatica.  Coming up with some interesting thoughts about Timelock and Optionlock as defined in Dramatica and expanded into dynamics. Here’s some notes: Timelock in Dramatica is … Continue reading

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Narrative Dynamics (Part 3)

Excerpted from the book, Narrative Dynamics Transmutation of Narrative Particles and Waves In this second article in the Dynamic Model series, I’m going to explore really intriguing problem – how particles can be transmuted into waves and vice versa, in … Continue reading

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Narrative Dynamics (Part 2)

Excerpted from the book, Narrative Dynamics The Narrative Circuit If you are familiar with deep Dramatica theory, you know that all the output of the Story Engine is not made available in the Dramatica software.  In fact, the Story Engine … Continue reading

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Narrative Dynamics (Part 1)

Excerpted from the book, Narrative Dynamics Introduction When Chris Huntley and I originally developed the Dramatica Theory of Story back in the early 1990s, we opted to implement our model of narrative as a structure, driven by dynamics. In such … Continue reading

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Narrative Dynamics 7 – Dynamic Quads

The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about what elements would be in quads of dynamics.  In the current Dramatica structural model, dynamics are only in pairs, such as Timelock and Optionlock.  So, if these two items were in … Continue reading

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Narrative Structure

These days, everyone is talking about “narrative.” But the common understanding of narrative structure is an uneven amalgam of statistics and truisms. In actuality, narrative structure is the clockwork that serves up creativity.

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