Your Story's Personality
by Melanie Anne Phillips
Your story's genre is its overall personality. As with the people that you
meet, first impressions are very important. In act one, you introduce your story
to your reader/audience. The selection of elements you choose to initially
employ will set the mood for all that follows. They can also be misleading, and
you can use this to your advantage.
You may be working with a standard genre, or trying something new. But it
often helps involve your reader/audience if you start with the familiar. In this
way, those experiencing your story are eased out of the real world and into the
one you have constructed. So, in the first act, you many want to establish a few
touch points the reader/audience can hang its hat on.
As we get to know people a little better, our initial impression of the
"type" of person they are begins to slowly alter, making them a little
more of an individual and a little less of a stereotype. To this end, as the
first act progresses, you may want to hint at a few attributes or elements of
your story's personality that begin to drift from the norm.
By the end of the first act, you should have dropped enough elements to give
your story a general personality type and also to indicate that a deeper
personality waits to be revealed.
As a side note, this deeper personality may in fact be the true personality
of your story, hidden behind the first impressions.
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About Dramatica and
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.
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 Engine™ 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 Cards™ 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
How They Work
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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