The Zen of Story Structure
Melanie Anne Phillips & Chris Huntley
Co-creators of the Dramatica Theory
The distinction between Fate and destiny is an important one. Destiny is the
direction one�s life must take, Fate is any given moment along that direction.
So whereas one can have many Fates, one can only have one destiny.
Fate describes a state of situation and circumstance that exists at a
particular point in time. In other words, Fate is something of an outcome, or
perhaps a step � just one of a number of Fates along the path of one�s
Characters often either make the mistake of assuming that they have only one
Fate and are therefore stuck with it, or they mistakenly believe they can
achieve their destiny without �passing through� unattractive fates that lie
along the path.
The nature of a Fate is that no matter how you try to avoid it, it tracks
you. All options that you might exercise still lead to that Fate. That is what
also defines Destiny as the limitations on free will that force you to arrive at
your Fate no matter how you alter what you do or what kind of person you are.
If we knew the future, there would be no freewill.
DEFINITION: Fate: a future situation that will befall an individual.
SYNONYMS: inevitable events, unpreventable incidents, eventual events,
destined occurrence, destined events, unavoidable situations.
DYNAMIC PAIR: Destiny, the future path an individual must take.
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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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