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Writing with the Story Mind<br>1 hour audio program
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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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Dramatica Pro 4.0<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

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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Movie Magic Screenwriter


Movie Magic Screenwriter<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

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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Throughline Index Cards


Interactive index cards - Name them, add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to re-arrange, adjust font, save, export and print. An essential tool for every writer.


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A New Theory of Story

Section 2


III. Introduction to Characters

  • Hero is a Four Letter Word
  • Objective and Subjective Characters

IV. Introduction to Archetypes

  • The Eight Archetypes
  • Complex Characters

V. Objective Character Functions

  • Drivers and Passengers
  • Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Jaws

VI. Action and Decision Elements of Drivers and Passengers

  • Recap of Archetypal Characters
  • Archetypal Actions and Decision Characteristics
  • Archetypal Motivation Quads Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Jaws

VII. Placing Motivation Elements into Quads

  • Grouping the 16 Motivation Elements
  • Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz and Jaws

VIII. Complex Motivation Characteristics

  • Rules for Building Characters
  • A Look at Complex Characters in Gone With The Wind and Rear Window

IX. Exploring Other Character Dimensions

  • The 64 Character Elements Chart
  • Mapping the Archetypal Pattern
  • Examining Archetypal Methodologies
  • Complex Character Dimensional Patterns

X. Subjective Characters

  • Defining the Main and Obstacle Character
  • The Main and Obstacle Character in the Objective Story
  • The Main Character's Crucial Element

XI. Problem Solving and Justification

  • What are Justifications?
  • Whait is Problem Solving?
  • Why we Justify
  • A Simple Example of Problem Solving
  • Defining the Problem
  • The Justified Main Character

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StoryWeaver Story Development Software - Our Best Seller!

From the Co-Creator of Dramatica, StoryWeaver takes you step by step through the entire story development process--from initial inspiration to completed novel or screenplay.  At just $29.95, StoryWeaver is affordable for any writer.  (Details)

Movie Magic Screenwriter

is one of two industry standard word processing screenplay formatters, the other being Final Draft.  Each of these programs offers a complete suite of screenwriting tools to make your next script a breeze to write.  (Details

Dramatica Pro

Unlike any other story development product, Dramatica Pro uses a patented Story Engine to interactively help you build a structure, find and fix dramatica holes and inconsistencies.  (Details)

20 Hour Writing Course on CD ROM

This intense program features 20 hours of video documenting the entire college-level course in creative writing given by Melanie Anne Phillips, creator of StoryWeaver and co-creator of Dramatica.  Just $19.95  (Details)





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