Category Archives: Dramatica Basic Concepts

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

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts, Dramatica Software, The Story Mind, The Story Mind | Comments Off on Why a “Story Mind?”

Choosing Your Main Character’s Resolve

The Main Character represents the audience’s position in the story. Therefore, whether he or she changes or not has a huge impact on the audience’s story experience and the message you are sending to it. Some Main Characters grow to … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on Choosing Your Main Character’s Resolve

Finding Your Story’s Core

By Melanie Anne Phillips Every story has a core – that concept at the center that pulls all of the story elements into a cohesive whole, establishes meaning and message, and provides the story with an overall identity. There are … Continue reading

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on Finding Your Story’s Core

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

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on Essential Perspectives in Your Story’s Structure

The Radical Story Mind

By Melanie Anne Phillips The central concept of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure is the existence of a Story Mind – essentially the notion that every story has its own psychology and its own personality, as if the story itself … Continue reading

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on The Radical Story Mind

Your Main Character – Do Be Do Be Do…

By Melanie Anne Phillips This article is excerpted from some text I wrote in the Dramatica Story Structure Software.  It describes an important difference between Main Characters who try to solve problems by doing things vs. those who are more internal … Continue reading

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on Your Main Character – Do Be Do Be Do…

The “Influence Character” in a Nut Shell

Stories have a mind of their own, as if they were a person in their own right in which the structure is the story’s psychology and the storytelling is its personality. Characters, in addition to acting as real people,, also … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Characters, Dramatica Basic Concepts, Narrative Psychology, The Story Mind | Comments Off on The “Influence Character” in a Nut Shell

What Is Dramatica?

What is Dramatica? Dramatica is a theory of story that offers both writers and critics a clear view of what story structure is and how it works. Dramatica is also the inspiration behind the line of story development software products … Continue reading

Posted in Dramatica Basic Concepts | Comments Off on What Is Dramatica?