Category Archives: Storyforming Tips

About Dramatica’s Learning Curve….

  A Writer Asks… I’m finishing up a review of Dramatica Pro and had a quick question I was hoping you could answer for me: What words of wisdom would you have for writers who want to use Dramatica Pro, … Continue reading

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Dramatica for Structural vs. Intuitive Writers

There are structuralist writers and intuitive writers. The Dramatica software can be used by both, but in a completely different way. The software almost insists that you storyform first, then encode. This is fine for a structuralist who wants to … Continue reading

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The Creative Way to Use Dramatica

Many people get discouraged when they first try to create a story structure in Dramatica. This is because the software directs you to work out your structure first, THEN develop it into a real story. But there is a MUCH … Continue reading

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Dramatica Software: Assigning Character Elements

 This is in response to a Dramatica user who wondered whether he needed to assign all 64 character elements in the “Build Characters” area in Dramatica Pro software to his characters or if the story might not suffer if he … Continue reading

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Structuring Your Story in Dramatica Pro

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Storytelling Tools

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Selecting Your Story’s Preconditions

Preconditions are non-essential steps or items that become attached to the effort to achieve the Goal through someone’s insistence. A keen distinction here is that while Pre-requisites are almost always used in relation to the Requirements in a story, Preconditions … Continue reading

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Selecting Your Story’s Prerequisites

Prerequisites determine what is needed to begin meeting the Requirements. When selecting Prerequisites, keep in mind they are to be used in your story as essential steps or items that must be met or gathered in order to attempt a … Continue reading

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Selecting Your Story’s Costs

Costs function much like negative Dividends. They are the detrimental effects of the effort to reach the Goal. Look at the Requirements for your story and see what Type of Costs might make that effort more taxing. Look at the … Continue reading

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Selecting Your Story’s Dividends

Dividends are benefits accrued on the way to the Goal.  Goal, Requirements, Consequences, and Forewarnings are all Driver Appreciations in Plot. Dividends are the first of the Passenger Appreciations. As such, we see it used in storytelling more as a … Continue reading

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