Category Archives: Concepts

The Four Story Domains

The subject matter of any story that describes the nature of the central problem falls into one of four domains – Universe (a fixed state), Mind (a mind set or attitude), Physics (an activity), or Psychology (a problematic chain of … Continue reading

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Story Perspectives

Genre, Theme, Plot and Character: each of them is a different level of appreciation of story structure.  But each one needs to be seen from four different points of view in order to fully explore them. As described in previous … Continue reading

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Story Outcome and Judgment

Your story’s “Outcome” is determined by success or failure in the attempt to achieve the overall goal.  But this is independent of whether or not everyone is feeling good about the outcome, even if success is achieved.  Often the costs … Continue reading

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Empathy, Sympathy and Mental Sex

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The Four Throughlines

Dramatica Unplugged Home

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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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The Dramatica Concept

Over the years there’s been so much sophisticated material written about how the Dramatica theory of narrative structure deals with all kinds of complex story issues that it is easy to forget about the central purpose of Dramatica in the … Continue reading

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Definitive Scientific Article on Dramatica Theory

Here is a link to the definitive explanation of the Dramatica theory (in PDF) from 1993, that explains all of the key concepts in text and graphics, including descriptions of non-story uses of the psychological model and the functioning of … 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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The Dramatica Chart

The Dramatica Theory A Conversation on Story Structure by Melanie Anne Phillips 1.4 The Dramatica Chart As a part of that book, we developed the Dramatica Chart of Story Elements which is not unlike the Periodic Table of Elements in … Continue reading

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