Category Archives: The Story Argument

Introduction to Theme

Theme is perhaps the most powerful yet least understood aspect of story structure.  Theme is an “emotional argument” that strives to lead the reader or audience to feel about a topic as the author would have them feel. The reason … Continue reading

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Subjective Characters and the Objective Story

One of the most common mistakes made by authors of every level of experience is to create a problem for their Main Character that has nothing to do with the story at large. The reasoning behind this is not to … Continue reading

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Why a Story Mind?

Before asking any writer to invest his or her time in a concept as different as the Story Mind, it is only fair to provide an explanation of why such a thing should exist. To do this, let us look … Continue reading

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A Story is a Argument

Dramatica Unplugged Home Transcription of the soundtrack from this video: Dramatica Unplugged Class One: Introduction 1.3 A Story is an Argument A tale is nothing more than a statement. A statement that ‘this lead to this lead to that’ and … Continue reading

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A Tale is a Statement

Dramatica Unplugged Home Transcript of the soundtrack from this video: 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 … Continue reading

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Narrative Space

“Narrative Space” describes the complete breadth and depth of subject matter in which you seek to define a story. Simply put, most authors don’t come to a story with a complete structure immediately in mind.  Rather, they are attracted to … Continue reading

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Story Perspectives

Another excerpt from the new book I am writing on the Dramatica Theory: It should be noted that there is a big difference between reading a map and actually traveling the road in person.  While both have value, a map … Continue reading

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