Author and Audience
by Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
Few authors write stories without at least considering what it will be like
to read the story or see it on stage or screen. As soon as this becomes a
concern, we have crossed the line into Reception theory. Suddenly, we have more
to consider than what our story’s message is; we now must try to anticipate
how that message will be received.
One of the first questions then becomes, how do we want it to be
received. And from this, we ask, what am I hoping to achieve with my audience.
We may wish to educate our audience, or we may simply want to bias them. Perhaps
we are out to persuade our audience to adopt a point of view, or simply to
pander to an existing point of view. We might provoke our audience, forcing them
to consider some topic or incite them to take action in regard to a topic. We
could openly manipulate them with their informed consent, or surreptitiously
propagandize them, changing their outlook without their knowledge.
No matter what our author’s intent, it is shaped not only by who we are,
but also by who the audience is that we are trying to reach.
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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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