Category Archives: The Story Mind

A Tale is a Statement

Part 2 of our 113 part video series on story structure Download this video, audio or view on our web site at http://storymind.com/page104.htm

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Flight Recorder of the Subconscious

A real life example that just occurred: In the kitchen, I began singing the theme song from the 1965 old west comedy “Cat Ballou” starring Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin.  Upstairs, Teresa (upon hearing this) inquired why I was singing … Continue reading

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Psychology, Personality, Persona & Perception – The 4 P’s Revisited

Some time ago, I wrote a short article describing the four P’s of character: Psychology, Personality, Persona and Perception. Psychology was described as the underlying structure and dynamics of a character’s given mind set.  Personality were the interests and mannerisms … Continue reading

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The Authorless Narrative

Not every narrative has an author. Just as art may be in the eye of the beholder, the existence of a narrative may be in the eye of the observer. We are all pattern makers. This is evident in everything … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 14) – Conclusion & Summary)

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica In summary, then, in our own minds we have a sense of who we are. In stories, that “sense of self”, essentially the identity or ego of the story, … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 13) – Story Perspective

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica Now that we’re familiar with some of the elements of structure with a nod toward storytelling techniques, it might be a good time to consider how we might create … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 12) – Bad Story Structure is No Joke

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica We’ve been focusing on structure for a while now, so let’s take a quick breather and consider storytelling for a moment. You probably know someone who can take a … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 11) – The Four Throughlines Part Two

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica Imagine our Main Character soldier making his way across the field of battle. Suddenly, through the smoke of dramatic explosions he spies a murky figure standing right in his … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 10) – The Four Throughlines Part One

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica The structure of a story, then, is the psychology of a single mind made tangible. For the story to be sound and ring true, the psychology must be complete … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 9) – The Story Mind Revisited

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica So what, exactly, is the Story Mind made of? Dramatica says that “Every complete story is an analogy to a single mind trying to deal with an inequity.” Now … Continue reading

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