Category Archives: Writing Software

Why a “Story Mind?”

The Story Mind concept 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.  So, one character represents the Intellect of the … Continue reading

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How “StoryWeaver” Came To Be

When Chris Huntley and I created the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure back in the early 90’s, we originally envisioned it as the end-all of story models – the one single paradigm that explained it all. In fact, it was – … Continue reading

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A Word About Inspiration for Writers

Inspiration can come from many sources: a conversation overheard at a coffee shop, a newspaper article, or a personal experience to name a few. And, inspiration can also take many forms: a snippet of dialogue, a bit of action, a … Continue reading

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How “StoryWeaver” Came to Be

When Chris Huntley and I created the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure back in the early 90’s, we originally envisioned it as the end-all of story models – the one single paradigm that explained it all. In fact, it was – … Continue reading

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The StoryWeaver Method – Step 1

The StoryWeaver Method is a step by step approach to developing your novel or screenplay. StoryWeaver will help you create your story’s world, who’s in it, what happens to them, and what it all means. The StoryWeaver Method ~ Step … Continue reading

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Enough Theory! How Does Dramatica Work on REAL Stories?!

From a Dramaticapedia reader: Your blogs seem to be always in the abstract. Let’s see something about a successful story in the real world.    I would love to see a Dramatica setup for real stories that have been successful. My … Continue reading

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How to Use StoryWeaver to Write Your Novel or Screenplay

StoryWeaver is a list of over 200 questions, each building on the last as you develop your story step by step. You start with the first question, then just go down the list, one question at a time, follow the … Continue reading

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About StoryWeaver Software…

A writer recently asked: Just purchased the software. But am clueless how to use it and how to derive the maximum benefit out of it. Kindly mail me the links/articles which will help me understand the program and its concept … Continue reading

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StoryWeaver Writing Software Walk Through Video

By Melanie Anne Phillips In this overview video I introduce the concept behind StoryWeaver and explore its key features.  Read my additional text below the video for more details… When I created the first version of StoryWeaver way back in 2001, … Continue reading

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Is Your Story Driven by Action or Decision?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s some text I wrote about the difference between an action-driven story and a decision-driven story, excerpted from Dramatica Story Development Software. ***** Some stories are driven by actions.  Others are forced along by decisions.  All … Continue reading

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