Category Archives: Communication

The False Narrative

A false narrative is one in which a complete narrative pattern is perceived in a given situation, but it is not an actual narrative at work in the situation.  The perception of a false narrative can be due to insufficient … Continue reading

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Deciphering Lost Languages with Dramatica

All language is based on narrative.  And since Dramatica maps narrative upon the structure of the Table of Story Elements, each narrative that might hold meaning in a language can be perceived as a pattern of interconnected story points. Therefore, … Continue reading

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Conversational Inertia

Sometimes, no matter how one tries, a conversation cannot be turned.  Illustrating this in  conversations among characters is a way to illuminate the degree of power that is driving the conversation in a particular direction, or perhaps the magnitude of … Continue reading

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Dramatica is Culture Independent

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The Four Stages of Communication

The following  excerpt is taken from The Dramatica Class Transcripts Dramatica : I’m going to start tonight with the four stages of communication. Pete P 432 : Okay Dramatica : In Dramatica theory, we see all communication as having four … Continue reading

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A Tale is a Statement

Dramatica Unplugged Class One: Introduction 1.2 A Tale is a Statement Imagine the very first storyteller, maybe a caveman sitting around a campfire. Perhaps the very first communication was not really a story but just a physical need, like this … Continue reading

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StoryWeaving and Structure

Part of the purpose of Storyweaving is to communicate the underlying dramatic structure or message of a story. The other part is to make that process of communication as interesting and/or effective as possible. In addition, the manner in which … Continue reading

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Medium and Format

Up to this point, we have explored the encoding process as if storyform and storytelling were the only concerns. This is only true in a theoretical sense. In practice, a story cannot be transmitted from author to audience except across … Continue reading

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The Four Stages of Communication

In bringing a story to an audience, through any media, there are four distinct stages of communication through which the story will pass. When an author is developing a story or looking for ways in which to improve it, a … Continue reading

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Bad Story Structure is No Joke

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