Category Archives: Story Structure

Dramatica Do-er vs. Be-er

A Dramatica student asks: In Dramatica theory, are all Objective Characters be-ers and all Subjective Characters do-ers? My reply: No, there is no assignment of be-er or do-er to objective characters at all. Objective Characters, such as the archetypes, are … Continue reading

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Can There Be More Than One Protagonist In A Story?

A writer recently asked: I write Western genre screenplays. And I love to use Dramatica Pro. In Western Genre sometime I will run into more than one  protagonist more than one antagonist . I name my antagonist in Dramatica Pro … Continue reading

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Four Facets of the Story Mind

One of the unique concepts that sets the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure apart from all other story paradigms is the assertion that every complete story is a model of the mind’s problem solving process. This Story Mind does not … Continue reading

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Essential Perspectives in Your Story’s Structure

All meaning comes from perspective – putting things in context. And perspective is created by the combination of what you are looking at and where you are looking from. Change the object of your intention and perspective is altered. Shift … Continue reading

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Mentors, Guardians, Obstacles & Star Wars

Here’s an unusual situation where both Chris and myself independently answered the same question from a writer. Comparing our two replies is both interesting and also sheds light on two different ways of looking at the same central story structure … Continue reading

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Does Dramatica Edit Your Story For You?

A writer asks: Does Dramatica software edit and give better solutions for certain parts of a story as an editor may do? My reply: Dramatica doesn’t read or process what you write in it. Rather, it asks a series of … Continue reading

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Story Structure Help for the Ukraine

A writer in the Ukraine recently wrote me with some questions about the Dramatica theory of narrative structure.  First, his questions (indented) and then my answers below each. Hello! I’m a big “Dramatica” fan from Ukraine! Recently I was struggling … Continue reading

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How Dramatica is Different from Six Other Story Paradigms

by Chris Huntley I spent nearly sixteen years avoiding reading anything of substance by (Hollywood) story theorists such as Syd Field, John Truby, Christopher Vogler, Robert McKee and others.  As co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story, I didn’t want … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Precise or Contextual?

Story structure should be viewed as guidelines, not rules.  it is a logical framework to hold our passion. If ever there is a conflict between high-passion and structure, go with the passion.  If ever there is an opportunity to apply … Continue reading

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Protagonist and Antagonist – Who Are They?

Protagonist tries to achieve the goal. Antagonist tries to stop him. That’s the simple answer, and it is true enough.  But there is a lot more to know about these two essential characters, and the more you learn, the more … Continue reading

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