The Purpose of Stories
by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
This is the purpose and function of story: to show that when something has
previously served you well one hundred percent of the time, it may not continue
to hold true, or conversely, that it will always hold true. Either message is
equally valid and depends wholly upon the author�s personal bias on the issue,
which arbitrarily determines the slant of the message. Obviously, the outcome is
not arbitrary to the author, but it is completely arbitrary to the story.
Whether the Main Character is change or steadfast, the outcome success or
failure, and the judgment good or bad, determines the audience�s position in
relationship to the correct and incorrect approaches to the problem, and
therefore the impact of the message upon them.
From the Dramatica
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About Dramatica and
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.
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 Alone
By itself Dramatica 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
How They Work
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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