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Category Archives: Dramatica Theory
What’s “Ability” have to do with story structure? In this article I’m going to talk about how the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure uses the term “ability” and how it applies not only to story structure and characters but to … Continue reading
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
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
Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed on fiction or on events in the real world. Rather, 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
Dramatica is a theory of narrative that has a very specific model – rather like the DNA of narrative psychology. But, the model is just the structural linear side of the theory – a way of visualizing how narrative works from … Continue reading
For fans of the Dramatica Story Structure Theory (and software): Here’s part of a note I recently sent to a Dramatica user who is currently focused on the concept of Duality. Now, this note won’t make much sense if you … Continue reading
By Melanie Anne Phillips Over the years, there has been considerable discussion as to whether Dramatica’s rather complex storyforming process could be operated by a natural language artificial intelligence system that could read a story and parse the text to … Continue reading
My response to a Dramatica user who asked about the applicability of the theory for creative interactive fiction narratives: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading
For you theory groupies, here’s a drawing I did back in 1991 or so to help Chris and myself get a better understanding of what quads really were and how they related to one another in a fractal manner.
My response to a Dramatica consultant who lamented the gap between the theoretical concepts of our narrative model and its practical application: Yeah, its tough to get a handle on this stuff, mainly because there’s a big difference between the … Continue reading