Category Archives: Story Structure

What Creates Dramatic Tension?

By Melanie Anne Phillips In narrative structure, there are two forces that converge to create a sense of rising tension that culminates at the climax: the quest to achieve a goal and the increasing pressure to change a deeply held … Continue reading

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The War Between Creativity and Structure

Perhaps the greatest hurdle in writing is the attempt to bring structure to a story without putting your Muse in a straight jacket. Often structure is brought into the picture too soon, clamping your passion into an iron maiden that … Continue reading

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To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it

Story structure did not happen by accident. Nor did it happen by intent. Rather, the underlying conventions of storytelling that make up the flexible framework of stories evolved as a by product of the process of communication.

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“Scrooged” and Structure Failure

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Secrets of Story Structure – Free Online Audio Program

This four hour 43 part audio program is now available free! Just click on the links below to hear it all, or go to the Table of Contents  Volume One presents a whole new way of looking at and writing with … Continue reading

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Secrets of Story Structure – Volume One

Volume One of my free audio lecture series, “Secrets of Story Structure” is now complete at http://storymind.com/page399.htm

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Discover the Secrets of Story Structure!

Discover the Secrets of Story Structure for your overall story, characters & plot Click here for details or to order for just $9.95 This downloadable three-hour 43 part audio program (mp3 format) is presented by Dramatica Theory co-creators Melanie Anne … Continue reading

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A Tale is a Statement

http://storymindguru.com/dramatica-unplugged/mp4/1-2%20A%20Tale%20is%20a%20Statement.mp4 A Tale is a Statement There are two forces that converged to create story structure as we know it today.  One was an attempt to document our motivations and behaviors, the other is to affect motivations and behavior. In … Continue reading

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Introducing the Story Mind

http://storymindguru.com/dramatica-unplugged/mp4/1-1%20Introducing%20the%20Story%20Mind.mp4 About this video… This is the first episode of a 113 part program I originally recorded in 1999 as a webcast, when such events were cutting edge, technologically.  All these years later, it remains my best and most complete … Continue reading

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A Word About Communication

The process of communication requires at least two parties: the originator and the recipient. In addition, for communication to take place, the originator must be aware of the information or feelings he wishes to transmit, and the recipient must be … Continue reading

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