Scientific Endeavors

Narrative Science

Most of my adult life has been spent in the pursuit of an understanding of narrative and its affect on psychology, sociology, and our perception of the physical universe.  Since 1991 it has been my full-time career.

At that time, my creative partner, Chris Huntley, and I began an intensive effort to document the elements of story structure and then to build a dynamic model of the functioning of narrative as a system.

The first tangible result of our work was a predictive Story Engine that could analyze any given narrative and project its course and content.  This mechanism became the foundation of our Dramatica theory of story, and a popular line of software products built around the model that allowed authors to find holes and inconsistencies in their narratives and that would suggest the best way to fill and fix them.

Ultimately, we were called upon by a variety of United States intelligence agencies to use our model to understand the motivations driving terrorist organizations and unfriendly nations, and to project their likely future behavior in a variety of what-if scenarios and alternative futures.

Here I will be posting a wide range of our published documents and materials as well as our original notes and recordings during the development of our theories.

Click on Narrative Science to begin your own exploration, or click on Dramatica – How We Did It for a memoir of the early days of discovering the unknown.

If you are looking for more practical writing tips,
you can find them on my other web sites:

Dramaticapedia

The Storymind Writers’ Library

Storymind.com