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A Novelist’s

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Creating Characters

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How to Create
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Character Arc 101

How to Beat
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Introducing Characters

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Dramatica Theory Home Page

Hi, I'm Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of Dramatica.  I'm pleased to present this collection of materials about the Dramatica Theory of Story.  I hope you find it both useful and thought-provoking.

This information is divided into three sections:

The Dramatica Theory

A complete exploration of the theory in every detail

Historic Documents

The development of Dramatica from the beginning


Dramatica applied to psychology, physics, religion and more

Dramatica Theory Book Online
Free online edition of the 400+ page book, Dramatica: A New theory of Story, in which Chris Huntley and I originally documented our work.

Dramatica Theory Book (pdf)
A complete explanation of how story structure really works.

Dramatica Classes
Transcripts of a series of "Chat Room" style online classes in Dramatica theory.

Dramatica Theory Videos
Explaining the key concepts and feature of Dramatica theory & software and how to apply them.

Beyond Dramatica Videos
Explaining the inner workings of the Dramatica Theory and its potential application in fields such as psychology and physics.

Dramatica Theory Audio Program
A free four hour program in mp3 format covering characters, plot, theme and Dramatica Basics.

Scientific Article on Dramatica Theory (pdf)
In depth (very dense) description of the science behind the theory.

Original Dramatica Story Structure Chart (pdf)
Printable chart of Dramatica's Story Elements - completely accurate to the theory.

Revised Dramatica Story Structure Chart (pdf)
Using more conversational language - not as accurate but more accessible.

Dramatica “How To” Comic Book (pdf)
Graphic Novel conversational overview of the Dramatica Theory and its key concepts and applications.

The 12 Essential Questions Every Writer Should Answer
Transcripts of a series of "Chat Room" style online classes in Dramatica theory.

Dramatica Dictionary
Official definitions of all terms in the Dramatica theory and software.

Constructive Criticisms
Practical illustrations of how applying the Dramatica theory could have made some well-known successful story's even better!

Dramatica Q & A
Answers to questions from users of the Dramatica Theory and Software.

Instant Dramatica
Even more directly practical essays on using Dramatica for real-world writing situations and problems provided by noted screenwriter Armando Saldaña Mora.

Dramatica - The Lost Theory Book
Early attempts to document the theory, including many unfinished conjectures and false starts.

Dramatica Development Archives
Early documents created during the development of the foundations of Dramatica.  Often later discarded, they show the roots of the thinking that ultimately evolved into the theory as it stands today.

Deep Theory
Transcript of a class on the outer fringes of Dramatica Theory I taught as part of a now-defunct Dramatica Certification course.

Dramatica Math
A mathematician takes a stab at describing the Dramatica model in terms of dimensional distortions.

Mental Relativity
An exploration of the theory of psychology modeling which grew out of the development of Dramatica.

Dramatica I Ching
Several of our users have noticed a similarity between the character grid in Dramatica and the elements of the traditional I Ching.  Though unintentional, perhaps all models that look deeply into the mind will resemble each other.