Category Archives: Storyforming Tips

If Dramatica’s Options Aren’t What I Want, What Then?

A new Dramatica user recently emailed to say she was stymied when she reached a point in the storyforming procedure and the options she wanted for a particular story point were grayed out and not available, even though she was … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica for Short Stories

 A Writer Asks Hi, I bought Dramatica in January and have been having a great deal of fun with it. I’m probably a bit dangerous, give me hammer and everything becomes a nail, etc. Do you talk to Dramatica users? … Continue reading

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How To Tell If Your Story’s Structure is Right

  A Writer Asks… My question is: how do you know when you’ve got your story’s structure (storyform) right? I Reply… There is no right or wrong storyform. The Dramatica software makes sure that every storyform is a dramatically valid … Continue reading

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What Does Dramatica Mean by the Word “Illustrate”

  A Writer Asks… I have just recently purchased Dramatica Pro and have a question I hope you can answer…. *Define your use of the word ILLUSTRATE in the various stages of story encoding I Reply… “Illustrate” means to come … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Micromanaging Your Story

  A Dramatica user wrote: I love the theory. It works. I want it to help me figure out the ending to my pot-boiler. To do that, I have to figure out more about the relationships between fatal flaw, the … Continue reading

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Does Dramatica Limit Your Story

Sometimes authors run into problems with Dramatica not because of what the software is actually doing, but because of what they THINK it is doing! Used properly, the software can offer a myriad of create opportunities. But used improperly, it … Continue reading

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Do Dramatica’s Specific Questions Limit Story Richness?

  A Writer Asks… Dramatica requires authors to make specific decisions about their story. In contrast, most great artists prefer to keep things ambiguous so that the audience is left with a richer experience. Doesn’t this indicate a limitation of … Continue reading

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Can You Skip Questions in Dramatica?

  A Writer Asks… Can you skip over some of the story encoding questions to answer one’s further down the list that you know or at least understand? Also, do you have to answer all the story encoding questions, or … Continue reading

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Where to Start: Story Engine, Theme Browser or Query System?

Many people are confused about where to go in the Dramatica software to create a story. There are a number of choices from the Main Desktop, but which one should be used FIRST? Actually, it’s just a matter of personal … Continue reading

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What is the Best Way for a New User to Approach Dramatica?

First and foremost, Dramatica is a theory of story. The software serves to implement aspects of the theory in a handy and practical manner. Personally, I feel that a writer using Dramatica solely to create a blueprint for a story … Continue reading

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