Category Archives: Dramatica Theory

Dramatica Structure “Super” Classes

For you Dramatica Theory Hounds, here are a couple of cryptic illustrations I jotted down as part of the ongoing extension of the Dramatica theory. What do they mean? They are all part of an attempt to more thoughoughly define … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 13) – Story Perspective

Excerpted from Dramatica Unplugged: The Story Mind Now that we’re familiar with some of the elements of structure with a nod toward storytelling techniques, it might be a good time to consider how we might create and maximize the meaning of … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 12) – Bad Story Structure is No Joke

Excerpted from Dramatica Unplugged: The Story Mind We’ve been focusing on structure for a while now, so let’s take a quick breather and consider storytelling for a moment. You probably know someone who can take a bad joke and tell it … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 11) – The Four Throughlines Part Two

Excerpted from Dramatica Unplugged: The Story Mind Imagine our Main Character soldier making his way across the field of battle. Suddenly, through the smoke of dramatic explosions he spies a murky figure standing right in his path. In this fog … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 10) – The Four Throughlines Part One

Excerpt from the book, Dramatica Unplugged: The Story Mind The structure of a story, then, is the psychology of a single mind made tangible. For the story to be sound and ring true, the psychology must be complete and valid. … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 9) – The Story Mind Revisited

Excerpted from the book Dramatica Unplugged: The Storymind So what, exactly, is the Story Mind made of? Dramatica says that “Every complete story is an analogy to a single mind trying to deal with an inequity.” Now that’s very scientific, … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 8) – Writing Remakes

What happens if you mess up and just alter part of a structure without considering the structure-wide impact that change may have? Here’s an example…. Consider the Bill Murray film, “Scrooged:” (a remake of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”) as opposed … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 7) – Story Structure vs. Storytelling

By now, you’re likely pretty familiar with the concept that every story has a mind of its own – a psychology (the structure) and a personality (the storytelling). But, if you are like many authors, knowing that and being able … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 6) – Audience Reach

But who is that audience? And for that matter, does a single story structure affect all audience members equally? Let’s find out…. In Dramatica, there are some story points that deal directly with the structure and others that pertain to … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 5) – The Grand Argument Story

Over the years a number of my students have asked how the Dramatica chart can possibly describe the fullness of the human experience, especially since we, as a species, seem to have an unlimited supply of issues? The quick answer … Continue reading

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