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A step by step approach to story development, from concept to completed story for your novel or screenplay. More than 200 interactive Story Cards guide you through the entire process.

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The most powerful story structuring software available, Dramatica is driven by a patented "Story Engine" that cross-references your dramatic choices to ensure a perfect structure.

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The most advanced screenwriting software available, Movie Magic is deemed a "preferred file format" by the Writer's Guild. An industry standard, MMS is used by professionals and studios around the world.

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What is Story Structure?

by Melanie Anne Phillips
creator StoryWeaver, co-creator Dramatica

Now, most writers are not story theorists, and donít want to be. Still, an understanding of the way stories work can help support a writerís instincts to make sure a flawed structure wonít get in the way of the creativity.

If you own the Dramatica software, youíve probably noticed it comes with chart that looks something like a Rubikís Cube on steroids, or a super-complex 3-D chess board. If you donít have the software, you can see a representation of it at

That chart is a map of the elements that make up stories. If you were to twist it and turn it like a Rubikís Cube, you would be "winding up" the dramatic tension of your story.

The Story Engine at the heart of the Dramatica software tracks all of those elements to make sure no dramatic "rules" are broken. Whatís a Dramatic Rule? As an analogy, you can twist and turn a Rubikís Cube, but you canít pluck one of the little cubes out of it and swap itís position with another little cube. In other words, you can create all kinds of patterns, but you canít break structure. Similarly in stories, you can create all kinds of dramatic patterns, but you canít just drop story elements wherever you want - they have to MOVE into place.

When you answer questions in Dramatica, you are expressing your dramatic intent - the dramatic pattern you want to create for your audience. That says something about the final arrangement you want with some of the "colors" in the Rubikís Cube of your story.

Every time you make a choice, you are saying, "I want my story to look like this, as opposed to that." You are choosing just as much what you DONíT want in your story as what you do.

The choices are cumulative - they pile up. The more you make, the more Dramaticaís Story Engine winds up. Your future choices start to become limited, not by arbitrary and rigid rules, but because you canít do everything at one time in one place. Some choices or combination of choices simply prevent other options from being possible in that particular story.

Imagine - what would happen if you put anything you wanted into a story? Then anything goes. That means there is no good structure or bad structure, in fact there would be no structure at all.

What is structure? Structure is nothing more than making a point, either logistically or emotionally or both. Many stories donít need structure because they are not about making a larger point or having a message, but are designed to be experiences without specific overall meaning.

That, in fact, is the difference between a Tale and Story. A Tale relates a series of experiences, a Story brings those experiences together to create an overall meaning. In other words, each experience is part of an overall pattern that becomes clear by the time the story is over.

There is nothing better or worse about a Tale compared to a Story, but authors of Stories take upon themselves a more demanding rigor. When your purpose is to have the sum of the parts amount to a greater meaning, the Structural Chart and the Story Engine can ensure that meaning is consistent and does not contradict itself.


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About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

What They Do

Dramatica is a tool to help you build a perfect story structure.  StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build your story's world.

Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies. 

StoryWeaver focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add depth, detail and passion  to your story.

How They Do It

Dramatica has the world's only patented interactive Story Engineô which cross-references your answers to questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.

StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cardsô step by step through the story development process.  You'll design the people who'll inhabit your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.

How They Work Alone

By itself Dramatica appeals to structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories logically before they write a word.

By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as they go.

How They Work Together

But, the finished work of a structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.  And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is where Dramatica can help.

So, while each kind of writer will find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of writers can benefit from both programs.

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