Category Archives: Story Structure

Dramatica Theory Overview (video)

This is a video clip from the “classic” 1999 12 hour video program on narrative structure entitled, Dramatica Unplugged. In this segment, the key concepts and breadth and depth of the Dramatica Theory of Story are presented in concise form. … Continue reading

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Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Growth”

Over the course of your story, the Main Character will either grow out of something or grow into something. Authors show their audiences how to view this development of a Main Character by indicating the direction of Growth by the … Continue reading

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Is Story Structure a Myth?

By Melanie Anne Phillips A whole flock of Story Gurus (myself included) will tell you that stories have structure. Therefore, if you learn that structure you’ll improve your stories. Ostensibly, this will lead to fame, riches, a keen sense of … Continue reading

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When Dramatica Was Young

Here’s the transcript of a talk on Dramatica I gave in 1997 – another archival discovery on some old back-ups of a long-ago computer that no longer exists… LAAC Conference Room Transcript A Meeting with Melanie Anne Phillips February 23, … Continue reading

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What is Dramatica’s Quad?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here are some clues for all you Dramatica theory hounds… Strong, Weak, Electromagnetic, Gravity Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma Mass, Energy, Space, Time Universe, Physics, Mind, Psychology Knowledge, Thought, Ability, Desire Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb The same … Continue reading

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What is Dramatica?

Dramatica is a new theory describing how stories work. It is also the name of a line of software products that help authors use the theory to design flawless dramatic structures for their stories. The more you know about the … Continue reading

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A New Introduction to the “Story Mind” Concept

Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed on fiction or on events in the real world. ┬áRather, narrative is a description of how we go about solving problems, both as individuals and in interactions with others. As individuals, we use … Continue reading

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