Category Archives: Story Structure

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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Writing with the Story Mind (free eBook)

Here’s the first 27 pages of a book in process that I’m writing about the Story Mind concept and how to apply it in your writing. Just thought I’d share it since it may be years before I get around … Continue reading

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Origins of the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure

By Melanie Anne Phillips Many people have asked how we came up with the Dramatica Theory. Well, it didn’t happen all at once.   In fact, it was a three year full-time effort, 8 hours a day.  In going through … Continue reading

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Dramatica Theory Overview (video)

This is a video clip from the “classic” 1999 12 hour video program on narrative structure entitled, Dramatica Unplugged. In this segment, the key concepts and breadth and depth of the Dramatica Theory of Story are presented in concise form. … Continue reading

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Know Your Story Points – Main Character “Growth”

This article is excerpted from Dramatica Story Structuring Software. Over the course of your story, the Main Character will either grow out of something or grow into something. Authors show their audiences how to view this development of a Main … Continue reading

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Is Story Structure a Myth?

By Melanie Anne Phillips A whole flock of Story Gurus (myself included) will tell you that stories have structure. Therefore, if you learn that structure you’ll improve your stories. Ostensibly, this will lead to fame, riches, a keen sense of … Continue reading

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