Category Archives: Story Structure

The 8 Archetypal Characters

There are 8 essential archetypal characters, each of which represents a different aspect of our own minds. The Protagonist portrays our initiative, Antagonist our reticence to change.  Reason is our intellect, Emotion our passion.  Skeptic is our self-doubt, Sidekick our … Continue reading

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Origins of Story Structure

Imagine the very first storytellers. Actually, what they told would certainly not be considered a story by today’s standards. Rather, they probably began with simple communications with but a single meaning at a time. Even animals recognize a cry of … Continue reading

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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

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What’s in Your Story’s Mind?

As with people, your story’s mind has different aspects. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. Theme represents its troubled value standards. Plot describes the methods the Story … Continue reading

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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

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The Story Mind Concept

The Story Mind concept is a way of looking at a story as if all the characters were facets of a larger personality, the mind of the Story itself. To illustrate, imagine that you stepped back from your story far … Continue reading

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“Ability” and Story Structure

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

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Dramatica Do-er vs. Be-er

A Dramatica student asks: In Dramatica theory, are all Objective Characters be-ers and all Subjective Characters do-ers? My reply: No, there is no assignment of be-er or do-er to objective characters at all. Objective Characters, such as the archetypes, are … Continue reading

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Can There Be More Than One Protagonist In A Story?

A writer recently asked: I write Western genre screenplays. And I love to use Dramatica Pro. In Western Genre sometime I will run into more than one  protagonist more than one antagonist . I name my antagonist in Dramatica Pro … Continue reading

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Four Facets of the Story Mind

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

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