Category Archives: Dramatica Theory

Jurassic Park – Building A Better Dinosaur

One way to improve your writing is to look at a good story and learn from it.  Another way it to see what’s wrong with a bad story and think about how to fix it.  But you seldom see writers … Continue reading

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Secrets of Story Structure | Episode 2 – The Story Mind

Click on the image below to hear episode 2 in this rare recording of a weekend seminar by Dramatica Theory of Story co-creators Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley in the mid-1990’s just after Dramatica was made public for the … Continue reading

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Dramatica Unplugged | Episode 1 – The Story Mind

From my 113 part course on story structure recorded in 1999…  

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What’s In Your Story’s Mind?

As with people, your story’s mind has different aspects. These are represented in your Genre, Theme, Plot, and Characters. Genre is the overall personality of the Story Mind. Theme represents its troubled value standards. Plot describes the methods the Story … Continue reading

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Why a “Story Mind?”

The Story Mind concept is a way of visualizing story structure that sees every story as having a mind of its own and the characters within it as facets of that overall mind.  So, one character represents the Intellect of the … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 6) – Audience Reach

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica Who is your audience? And for that matter, does a single story structure affect all audience members equally? Let’s find out…. In Dramatica, there are some story points that … Continue reading

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The Story Mind (Part 5) – The Grand Argument Story

Excerpted from the Book “Dramatica Unplugged“ By Melanie Anne Phillips, Co-creator of Dramatica Over the years a number of my students have asked how the Dramatica chart can possibly describe the fullness of the human experience, especially since we, as a species, … Continue reading

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Introducing the Story Mind

Watch the entire 113 part  series free on our web site… Transcript of the soundtrack from this video: Dramatica Unplugged Class One: Introduction 1.1 Introducing the Story Mind Let’s look at the central concept in Dramatica: the Story Mind. It’s … Continue reading

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What Good Is Dramatica?

Chris Huntley and I developed a theory of story structure back in the early 1990’s.  Our theory was all about the relationships among structural story points – like a Rubik’s cube of story structure.  We programmed those relationships – that … Continue reading

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Origins of the Dramatica Theory of Narrative Structure

By Melanie Anne Phillips Many people have asked how we came up with the Dramatica Theory. Well, it didn’t happen all at once.   In fact, it was a three year full-time effort, 8 hours a day.  In going through … Continue reading

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