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A step by step approach to story development, from concept to completed story for your novel or screenplay. More than 200 interactive Story Cards guide you through the entire process.

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The most powerful story structuring software available, Dramatica is driven by a patented "Story Engine" that cross-references your dramatic choices to ensure a perfect structure.

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The most advanced screenwriting software available, Movie Magic is deemed a "preferred file format" by the Writer's Guild. An industry standard, MMS is used by professionals and studios around the world.

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Interactive index cards - Name them, add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to re-arrange, adjust font, save, export and print. An essential tool for every writer.


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What's in Acts One,
Two and Three?

by Melanie Anne Phillips
creator StoryWeaver, co-creator Dramatica



Act one is about the Set Up.  It establishes the way things are when the problem begins.  It introduces the problem, establishes the goal and its requirements, as well as the consequences if the goal is not achieved.


Many stories include a journey or quest that leads to the goal.  In such stories, the first act concerns discovery of the need for and nature of the quest, the acceptance of the quest, and preparations to embark.  Act one then concludes with the final preparations and a restatement of the necessity of the quest by reminding the reader/audience of the potential consequences.


In all stories, by the end of act one, the reader/audience must understand what the story is about, what is to be achieved, and how the effort toward that end is expected to proceed.


Keep in mind that for storytelling purposes you may intend to fool your audience into believing the goal is one thing when it will later turn out to be another.


Also, the plot of many stories includes a "teaser" at the very beginning of the act.  The teaser is an emotional "hook" meant to snare reader interest and draw them into the book or movie.  Almost every television episode begins with a teaser to keep the audience from changing the channel.


Teasers may or may not have anything to do with the story at large.  Sometimes they are simply exciting emotional or action-oriented extravaganzas which are nothing more than entertainment, and add nothing to the structure of the real story about to begin.


In any event, by the end of the first act, your reader/audience must feel it understands what the story is about and the direction it appears to be taking.


This is the Act of Development.  The second act develops plot points that you set up in your first act, adding richness and detail to your story.


If there's a journey in your story, act two is about the beginning and progress of that quest.   As progress is made, the obstacles to progress become more substantial.  Every step taken towards that goal increases in difficulty.


Somewhere in Act Two there is a major plot twist, either physically or due to information uncovered, that throws the whole story into left field.  In some stories this twist happens in the middle of the act.  The second half of the act is spent trying to recover from the set back and begin anew.  In other stories, this twist occurs at the end of the second act, driving the quest in a whole new direction with the beginning of act three.


This is the Act of the Climax.  The whole of the third act is leading up to that point, creating tension and suspense.  This is what your entire story has been leading up to.  You want your third act to be more fast-paced than the rest of your story, and a lot more suspenseful.


The most compelling stories build the forces for and against the goal so that each becomes stronger and stronger.  At the point of climax each is so powerful that something has to give - the tension is just too great.  And yet, since they are balanced, the outcome is still uncertain.


The progression of the third act of plot is often heavily influenced by genre.  For example, a compelling mystery might be designed to spread suspicion even wider than before, rather than narrowing in on just a few characters.  Therefore, the sense of building tension may spring from increasing confusion, rather than understanding.


In all cases, act three must and draw all dynamic forces to a head  and eventually tie up all loose ends


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About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

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 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 they go.

How They Work Together

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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