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StoryWeaver

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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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$149.95

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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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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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I don't know what version I have since it has no numbers I can locate on the packaging, but I got it in the last 60 days. And, I may abandon it in the next 60. Writing for an audience means communicating with that audience and your view apparently dismisses that from what you say about your material. I think I see the problem. You are under the mistaken illusion that academically accurate must be boring and incomprehensible. As a former college instructor I understand the concept. Ah, well, perhaps another day and another way. Have a good.

Melanie Replies

First of all, we get a whole range of comments. One professor wrote us to say that "The first four pages [of the theory book] may be the most elegant and insightful description of what stories are ever written." So, I have to feel that the truth of the matter falls somewhere between your comments and his.

The bottom line is: if it works for you, use it. If it doesn't, don't. I can tell you haven't read the theory book from your last comment. You indicate that we dismiss the notion that writing means communicating. In fact, things are quite to the contrary.

As the theory book says, Dramatica is not really so much a theory of story as a theory of communication. To communicate one must go through four distinct stages. First, one must have something to communicate - feelings, points of view, whatever. But it must be understood by the author, in order for communication to occur.

Certainly, one can create a story without knowing what it means, but this is more like creating inkblots and letting the audience decide what it sees in them.

We call the first stage of communication, Storyforming, because it involves, simply, forming the story to be communicated.

Stage two is Storyencoding. In this stage, the concepts or feelings to be communicated must be symbolized - turned into items that can be transmitted through a medium, be it words, sentences, and paragraphs in a book or scenes, sequences, and acts in a motion picture.

We cannot communicate mind to mind - not yet, anyway. So, instead we must symbolize what we have in mind so that information can be sent across the medium.

Stage three is called Storyweaving. Once you have the data packets (symbols) you created in Storyencoding, you need to deliver them through exposition. For example, a storyforming concept might be that the goal is "obtaining" something. Possession is the key to this example story. Obtaining what? That is determined in Storyencoding. In this example, it could be obtaining stolen diamonds, someone's love, or a diploma. Now to Storyweave this... Do we tell the audience what the goal is right up front, or let them figure it out by the actions and behaviors of the characters? Our choice entirely how we weave (or expose) the information. Do we mislead them into thinking the goal is one thing, only to bring them to understand in a moment of inspiration that it was really always something else? Our choice.

But once we have completed Storyweaving, we must go on to stage four - Reception. Reception is where the audience becomes the author of the work (as they interpret it). Just as with the inkblots, the audience may see things that weren't intended or not see things that were - both consciously and subconsciously. Once must know one's audience to communicate effectively both feelings and logistic arguments.

Clearly, an audience is not a unified whole. There will be a range of responses to one's work as each individual audience member brings his or her personal experience to bear in the Story Reception process.

That is what happens with our theory book as well. Some just don't get it, and others think it is the most insightful and elegant work. Most fall somewhere in the middle, finding it a useful tool when one needs that kind of tool, while still holding onto their other tools when those seem more appropriate.

We believe in communication so much, in fact, that our book is divided into two primary sections - the Elements of Structure and the Art of Storytelling. And the Storytelling section has four chapters - Storyforming, Storyencoding, Storyweaving, and Reception.

Clearly, the statement that we dismiss the need for communication is not based on anything we have purported, and I honestly don't understand how you could have arrived at that conclusion.

Nonetheless, thank you for your comments, and best of luck in your writing endeavors.

Melanie

 

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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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StoryWeaver - $29.95

Our Bestseller!  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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Includes 2 Exclusive Bonuses! 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.

Dramatica Writers DreamKit 4.0

Dramatica Writer's DreamKit - $49.95

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.

Power Structure <br>Story Development <br>Software

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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Power Writer - $99.95

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.

Final Draft 7 <br>Screenwriting Software

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.

20 hour Writing<br>Course on CD ROM<br>featuring Dramatica

12 Hour Writing Course - $19.95

Everything you need to know about story structure - twelve hours of video on a single DVD - presented by Dramatica Theory co-creator, Melanie Anne Phillips.

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Dramatica Software Companion - $19.95

More than four hours of video demonstrations of every key feature in Dramatica, narrated by the co-creator of Dramatica.

Writing with the Story Mind<br>1 hour audio program

StoryWeaving Tips Book - $19.95

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

Writing with the Story Mind<br>1 hour audio program

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.

Writing with the Story Mind<br>1 hour audio program

StoryWeaving Seminar Online - $49.95

The same 14 hour program presented in streaming video that you can view online or download for a permanent copy.

The Dramatica Theory<br>2 hour audio program

Dramatica Theory 2 Hour Audio Program - $19.95

Every key concept in the Dramatica Theory of Story is fully explained in this double-CD set.

Writing Characters<br>of the Opposite Sex

Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex - $29.95

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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Master Storyteller Improves Your Writing - $29.95

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How to Create Great Characters DVD - $19.95

A 90 minute video program recorded during Dramatica co-creator Melanie Anne Phillips' live in-person seminar on story structure and storytelling.

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Structure vs. Passion - Audio CD $19.95

The Story Mind approach to writing uses your own passions to create your story's structure.  It focuses your efforts, clarifies the direction of your story, and triggers your imagination.


Writing with the Story Mind - Audio CD - $19.95

Learn how to psychoanalyze your story's "mind" to uncover and treat problems with characters, plot, theme, and genre.


 

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