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Dramatica Theory Videos

Beyond Dramatica

A continuing series probing the inner workings of the Dramatica theory
and how it can be applied to other fields such as psychology and physics. 

Beyond Dramatica - Introduction

Dramatica is a theory of story based on the concept that every story has a mind of its own - its own psychology and its own personality. The psychology of a story is determined by its structure and its personality is developed through the storytelling. This model of a single human mind that describes the structure of every complete story is called the Story Mind. What's more, this Story Mind model can be applied to other areas than the analysis and creation of fictional stories such as psychology, sociology, and even to areas in which we organize what we observe into patterns, such as quantum theory and medicine.
 

The Dramatic Circuit

 A "dramatic circuit" is behind every act, scene and character interaction in a story. Similarly, a "psychological circuit" is behind every thought and feeling we experience. The mind is a machine made of processes. If we treat each process as an object (similar to "object-oriented" computer programming) we can build circuits from these objects by arranging them in a "quad" or schematic. Each quad has four "process-objects" that function as a Potential, Resistance, Current, and Power (or Outcome).
 

The Psychology Circuit

Dramatica's "Dramatic Circuit" concept can be equally applied to human psychology in the real world, both in regard to individuals and also in regard to the overall psychology of any group of any size as well.
 

Psychological Scalability

Exploring how Dramatica's Story Mind model of a complete argument (called a "Grand Argument Story") can be "sliced and diced" to apply to both larger and smaller stories and also in real life to people, organizations, societies and cultures..
 

Scalability & Chaos

A storyform is a closed system. It pre-supposes chaos does not exist. It creates a single "flash photograph" of a state of mind (the Story Mind) with all the attached vectors of potential which drive it forward. This story structure convention is designed to make a focused argument promoting a particular attitude or course of action as the best to use in the scenario under study. But in the real world, chaos does exist. Fortunately, there are two means of dealing with it through the use of Scalability in the Dramatica model. One is to expand the scope of the argument spatially, the other is to track the effect of chaos on the argument temporally.
 

Fractal Psychology (1 of 4)

Like nested dolls, the processes of our minds fit within other larger groups of processes. Each of these, in turn, can be seen as an overall process that is part of an even larger group. The fractal psychology concept is essential to the Dramatica theory of story, and can also be applied in the real world to actual psychologies of individuals and of any size group, organization, society, culture, or even at the national level.
 

Fractal Psychology (2 of 4)

Exploration of the Fractal Structure of the Story Mind model of psychology at the heart of Dramatica.
 

Fractal Psychology (3 of 4)

Additional explorations into the object-oriented fractal framework of Dramatica's Story Mind model of psychology.
 

Fractal Psychology (4 of 4)

Explains the non-linear equations and iterative mathematical construct at the heart of Dramatica's psychological model of the Story Mind.
 

Behind the Quad (1 of 3)

The "Quad" is the basic unit or module from which the Dramatica Story Structure is built. It represents relationships among four items, such as Mass, Energy, Space and Time or Knowledge, Thought, Ability and Desire. The Quad is functional for both direct interactions of the four items, but also for relativistic interdependencies, such as "Space/Time" or "Desire/Ability". The Quad form is such a useful way of organizing data in a balanced system that it can enhance our abilities to understand patterns in such other diverse fields as psychology and physics.
 

Behind the Quad (2 of 3)

The "Quad" is the basic building block of Dramatica story structure. In this installment, we attempt to "get a feel" for how the quad works and what it really means as a foundation to explaining the "nuts and bolts" of quad theory.

Behind the Quad (3 of 3)

How Dramatica's quad structure represent mental processes, treated as objects. And how the quad indicates the helical (spiral) patterns of thought in the fractal mind.

Op Quads (1 of 2)

Dramatica's structural model is twisted and turned like a Rubik's Cube to "wind up" the dramatic potentials that drive a story forward. This model of the Story Mind also represents the psychological operating system of our own minds. The "Op Quads" are "Operations Quads" and determine how the elements in the structural model will filp and rotate, whether they will carry the "children" (lower level elements) with them when they move, and how those operations should be oriented in the model.
 

Op Quads (2 of 2)

Dramatica's structural model is twisted and turned like a Rubik's Cube to "wind up" the dramatic potentials that drive a story forward. This model of the Story Mind also represents the psychological operating system of our own minds. The "Op Quads" are "Operations Quads" and determine how the elements in the structural model will filp and rotate, whether they will carry the "children" (lower level elements) with them when they move, and how those operations should be oriented in the model.
 

Theory Isn't Pretty

Notes on a Unified Field Theory of Mind - just a memo so key concepts from an epiphany won't be forgotten before they can be fully developed.
 

Mental Relativity - Introduction

Although Dramatica deals solely with understanding and creating stories, one aspect of the theory suggested the possibility of psychological implications as well. Eventually, we succeeded in developing a complete theory of mind that stretches from lower-level neurology to higher level psychology, and more important, answers the questions, "What is mind?" and "How does self-awareness work?"
 

Mental Relativity & The Brain

Mental Relativity is concerned with two principal aspects of the brain: neurology and biochemistry. It is the contention of the theory that self-awareness in not found in either aspect, but in the relationship between the two. Further, each of these two aspects consists of two distinct sub-systems. 
 

Mental Relativity & The Mind

The Mind is a machine made of time. It must be in motion to exist. The mind does not exist in the physical world, but as a result of the physical world. Taking this all together, think back to a time when you drifted away on some mental tangent until suddenly you were jolted back to "reality", and you realized that several minutes had passed unnoticed. During that lost period, your mind simply did not exist for it had ceased to be in motion. The moment some external stimulus triggered a response, however, the physical nature of your brain re-created your mind more or less as it was when it ceased. More precisely, it was not your whole mind that ceased to exist in the example above. Rather, it was only that quality of the mind called self-awareness.
 

Mitosis of the American Political Culture

The Story Mind theory extends beyond story with its model of psychology. This model is culture independent and can be scaled to any size from analyzing a single individual to a society or even a nation. In this segment I apply Dramatica's model to the two party system with thoughts on how they appear to be splitting into four parties and how and when this may happen.
 

Dramatica is Culture-Independent

The Dramatica theory of story works for stories in any culture, country or language. This is because Dramatica deals with the deep structure of stories, specifically with the pyschology of communication between author and audience, beneath the level of subject matter and style.
 

Dramatica Predicts the Future! (1 of 2)

Stories are closed systems. As such, there is no chaos. The author knows exactly what the story means and how it will unfold. In fact, there is a relationship between meaning and the sequence of events. Acts, sequences, scenes, and beats - each determines meaning. Similarly, for any given meaning, there is only one sequence which can achieve it.

Dramatica Predicts the Future! (2 of 2)

The Dramatica theory can be applied outside the realm of story and in the real world to predict the psychologies of people, groups, cultures, societies and even nations. In addition, the same model of structure and dynamics can be applied to predict movements in the stock market, the economy, and even to more accurately predict the behavior of earthquakes or sub-atomic particles.
 

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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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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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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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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.


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


 

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