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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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Instant Dramatica
Musings from Armando Salda�a Mora


Henny Youngman?
Meet Dramatica!

Originally posted to the
Dramatica Email Discussion Group

For anyone interested in writing comedy: I've found a good book. Is called "Comedy Writing Step By Step" by Gene Perret ISBN: 0-573-60605-6. I "test-drove" it and by the end of chapter 12 I've made the first Dramatica stand-up routine:

"It's good to be back on this email list, back on the community. Even though we have had our differences, we could only love each other. Mostly because hitmen are so damn expensive.

"But we're really fond of this list. Some of us think of it as our home. In fact a few are still trying to put it up as collateral.

"Who says we spend more time posting messages here than with our own families? Last night I took my wife for a walk under the moonlight, looked her in the eye and whispered in her ear: "RESPOND TO: wife@bitranch.com. CONCERN: Dram: You're obsessed. TEXT: I love you."

"My wife is very understanding. she said: "DIVORCE jerk.
request@dramobsessedhusband.com."

"I'm back on the list. Call it nostalgia, but I couldn't live without a hundred lurkers hearing every word I say.

"By the way, who are those lurkers? why do they lurk? Am I the only one who's expecting to see a salrushdie@hotmail.com asking "why four throughlines?"

"Anyway, this list is an example of global agreements and understanding. We all agree we don't understand crap about Dramatica's theory.

"However, it's truly worth studying it. Dramatica won't assure you'll sell your story, but you can Dramanalyse all those rejection letters and see if they're structurally flawed.

"On the other hand, Dramatica is so universal that is hard to beleive Shakespeare didn't write with it. Especially since SSI found his registration card.

"Talk about Classic Writers! I'm so accustomed to computers that I can't understand how they could use a quill. For starters where do you plug it?

"We are a new generation of writers. Some say the most beautiful words for a writer are "The End." How about "We Were Able To Save Your Hard Disk"?

"All things considered, I conclude Technology is not substitute for Inspiration. It's a much more elegant reason when you're explaining why you're stuck on that short story for ten years.

"I think of me as an intuitive writer. I'm concerned if Dramatica could kill my Muse. Then again, I'm also concerned the Tooth Fairy could develop homicidal tendencies.

"Still, some say Dramatica only works for commercial stories, I don't think so. Especially after checking my annual income balance.

"But really: "Throughline", "Storyform", "State Of Being"? Are those really words? Is this a shod of cybercrap concocted by some flaky west-coast yahoos or what?

"Anyway, I don't like any Creative Writing Software. I'm affraid they'll made my procrastinating formulaic.

"I'm not really procrastinating, is just that my novel is too big. This month I'm avoiding Chapter 57.

"Procrastinating is just a phase of the writing process. When you've gone through all that the next problem is writer's block: how do you get it?

"Does that sound desperate? I'm at the point of looking for books about techniques of reading books about writing.

"If everything fails, I can always come back to this list to discuss the theory.

"Which brings me to what I really wanted to say: Six months ago I realized Dramatica's theory has more holes than a slice of swiss cheese. In order to correct that, I'm currently learning how to write from a slice of swiss cheese.

"This week we're gonna analyze "Mousehunt"... again.

"Ok, I'll concede. Dramatica may work in theory, but I'm sure no one could ever finish a story with it, is like communism. I couldn't finish my story with that either.

""The Hero's Journey" is much better organized. For starters, he's carrying American Express.

"I e-mailed SSI saying "with some stories you have to bend really hard in order to analyze them." They responded "Have you tried placing the computer ON TOP of your desk?"

"No matter what they claim, Dramatica isn't the last word. "Zygote," for one, is much further down.

""Fuel for the imagination" doesn't really fit Dramatica's theory. How about "At least you'll skip Purgatory"?

"People nowdays found religions on everything, even Writing Software. I'm currently attending the First Reformed IdeaFisher Church.

"The biggest problem of Dramatica as a religion is: if you're looking for comfort in the Good Book and the page opens in "Identifying the Variation which is most suited to the central explorations of a Throughline..." your head will explode.

"Also, the festivity pageant should have four throughlines.

"Imagine that, sewing all the little shepperd costumes and then storyencoding!"


The book is basically oriented to gag and monologue comedy (it also has sketch and sitcom comedy info) and is the sense of humor is somehow conservative, but the approach is very solid and it's a great place to start.


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About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

Hi, I'm Melanie Anne Phillips, creator of StoryWeaver, co-creator of Dramatica and owner of Storymind.com.  If you have a moment, I'd like to tell you about  these two story development tools - what each is designed to do, how each works alone on a different part of story development and how they can be used together to cover the entire process from concept to completion of your novel or screenplay.

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 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 Together

By itself Dramatic 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.

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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Little brother to Dramatica Pro, Writer's DreamKit is built around the same patented Story Engine - it just tracks fewer story points.  So, you develop the same solid story structure, just with fewer details.  Perfect for beginning writers or those new to Dramatica.

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Power Structure - $149.95

An all-in-one writing environment with built-in word processor that helps you organize and cross-reference your story development materials.  INCLUDES DVD SET BONUS!

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The little brother of Power Structure includes the essential organization and word processing tools writers need the most.

Throughline - Index Cards (Mac) - $19.95

Interactive index cards - add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to re-arrange.  An essential tool for every writer.

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Movie Magic Screenwriter - $149.95

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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Final Draft - $199.95

Like Movie Magic Screenwriter, Final Draft is an industry standard, used by many professional screenwriters and studios around the world.

Between The Lines (Macintosh) - $29.95

The lowest cost automatic screenplay formatter for Macintosh includes high-end features such as interactive index cards linked to your script.

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StoryWeaving Tips Book - $19.95

170 pages of eye-opening essays on story structure, storytelling, finding inspiration and a wide variety of writing techniques.

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StoryWeaving Seminar 8 DVD Set - $99.95

14 hours of video from a live two day course taught by theory co-creator Melanie Anne Phillips covering Dramatica story structure and StoryWeaver storytelling.

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Writing Characters<br>of the Opposite Sex

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A three-hour audio CD set that explains everything you need to know to create characters of both sexes that ring absolutely true (and maybe even gain insight into the communication problems in the real world!)

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