Category Archives: Story Structure

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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The Dramatica Concept

Over the years there’s been so much sophisticated material written about how the Dramatica theory of narrative structure deals with all kinds of complex story issues that it is easy to forget about the central purpose of Dramatica in the … Continue reading

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Know Your Story Points: Overall Story Concern

Excerpted from our Dramatica Story Structuring Software: Overall Story Concern:  the purposes or interests sought after by the characters overall. Within the scenario in which your story takes place, there is an area of shared importance to all the characters in … Continue reading

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What Good Is Dramatica?

Chris Huntley and I developed a theory of story structure back in the early 1990’s.  Our theory was all about the relationships among structural story points – like a Rubik’s cube of story structure.  We programmed those relationships – that … Continue reading

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Story Structure Class Number 1 Transcript

Story structure is something we all feel, but when it comes to defining its parts and how they work to create a sound narrative, the simplicity vanishes. Still, if we are to be able to use structure as a tool … Continue reading

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Dramatica Storyforming Newsletter Volume 1 Number 1

Back in the 90’s when Dramatica was the new kid on the block, we published a “Storyforming Newsletter” for a span of time. Here is a link to a PDF version of the very first issue…. Download in PDF (179K) … Continue reading

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