Category Archives: The Story Mind

The Story Mind (Part 7) – Story Structure vs. Storytelling

By now, you’re likely pretty familiar with the concept that every story has a mind of its own – a psychology (the structure) and a personality (the storytelling). But, if you are like many authors, knowing that and being able … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 6) – Audience Reach

But who is that audience? And for that matter, does a single story structure affect all audience members equally? Let’s find out…. In Dramatica, there are some story points that deal directly with the structure and others that pertain to … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 5) – The Grand Argument Story

Over the years a number of my students have asked how the Dramatica chart can possibly describe the fullness of the human experience, especially since we, as a species, seem to have an unlimited supply of issues? The quick answer … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 4) – The Dramatica Chart

Excerpted from the Book ”Dramatica Unplugged” By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica A part of the Dramatica Theory book, we developed the Dramatica Chart of Story Elements (which is not unlike the Periodic Table of Elements in chemistry). Download a free … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 3) – A Story is an Argument

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged” By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica So a tale is a simple linear path that the author promotes as being either a good or bad one to take, depending on the outcome. There’s a certain … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 2) – A Tale is a Statement

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged” By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica The Story Mind concept is interesting, but how would such a thing have come to be? After all, there was certainly never a convention where authors from all over … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 1) – Introducing the Story Mind

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged” By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica Prologue Dramatica is a theory of story structure and a method of developing stories. Since its debut in 1991, hundreds of thousands of writers have studied and applied Dramatica’s … Continue reading

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The 8 Archetypal Characters

There are 8 essential archetypal characters, each of which represents a different aspect of our own minds. The Protagonist portrays our initiative, Antagonist our reticence to change.  Reason is our intellect, Emotion our passion.  Skeptic is our self-doubt, Sidekick our … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Story’s Mind?

As with people, your story’s mind has different aspects. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. Theme represents its troubled value standards. Plot describes the methods the Story … Continue reading

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Why a “Story Mind?”

The Story Mind concept is a way of visualizing story structure that sees every story as having a mind of its own and the characters within it as facets of that overall mind.  So, one character represents the Intellect of the … Continue reading

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