Category Archives: Story Structure

When Dramatica Was Young

Here’s the transcript of a talk on Dramatica I gave in 1997 – another archival discovery on some old back-ups of a long-ago computer that no longer exists… LAAC Conference Room Transcript A Meeting with Melanie Anne Phillips February 23, … Continue reading

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What is Dramatica’s Quad?

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here are some clues for all you Dramatica theory hounds… Strong, Weak, Electromagnetic, Gravity Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma Mass, Energy, Space, Time Universe, Physics, Mind, Psychology Knowledge, Thought, Ability, Desire Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb The same … Continue reading

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What is Dramatica?

Dramatica is a new theory describing how stories work. It is also the name of a line of software products that help authors use the theory to design flawless dramatic structures for their stories. The more you know about the … Continue reading

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A New Introduction to the “Story Mind” Concept

Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed on fiction or on events in the real world.  Rather, narrative is a description of how we go about solving problems, both as individuals and in interactions with others. As individuals, we use … Continue reading

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The Holistic Side of Narrative Structure

Dramatica is a theory of narrative that has a very specific model – rather like the DNA of narrative psychology.  But, the model is just the structural linear side of the theory – a way of visualizing how narrative works from … Continue reading

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The Most Important Article You’ll Ever Read on Story Structure

We think in narrative, but think about topics. Narrative is the operating system of our own minds, and we seek to impose that upon every topic we encounter. For if we can, then we have the most touch-points with our … Continue reading

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The Main Character and Duality

Consider the Main Character and the Influence Character who, it would seem at first blush, are as opposite as they can be in regard to  some underlying philosophical perspective, world view, belief system or moral code. But in fact, they are … Continue reading

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Duality and Dramatica

For fans of the Dramatica Story Structure Theory (and software): Here’s part of a note I recently sent to a Dramatica user who is currently focused on the concept of Duality. Now, this note won’t make much sense if you … Continue reading

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Story Structure – Guidelines, Not Rules!

Of late, I’ve been working with the concept that perfect story structure is a myth – and should be! As they say in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, “it’s more of a guideline than a rule.” In story … Continue reading

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The 8 Archetypes

From my “classic” 1999 video series on story structure: Part 20: The 8 Archetypes

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