Category Archives: Story Structure

Does Dramatica Edit Your Story For You?

A writer asks: Does Dramatica software edit and give better solutions for certain parts of a story as an editor may do? My reply: Dramatica doesn’t read or process what you write in it. Rather, it asks a series of … Continue reading

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Story Structure Help for the Ukraine

A writer in the Ukraine recently wrote me with some questions about the Dramatica theory of narrative structure.  First, his questions (indented) and then my answers below each. Hello! I’m a big “Dramatica” fan from Ukraine! Recently I was struggling … Continue reading

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How Dramatica is Different from Six Other Story Paradigms

by Chris Huntley I spent nearly sixteen years avoiding reading anything of substance by (Hollywood) story theorists such as Syd Field, John Truby, Christopher Vogler, Robert McKee and others.  As co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story, I didn’t want … Continue reading

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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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