Category Archives: Real World Examples

Change & Steadfast Characters in the Real World

In Dramatica theory, characters can grow by changing or by growing in their resolve to remain steadfast.  But how does that translate to the real world?  Here are some examples: Change: At the end of the story, the Main Character’s … Continue reading

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Start and Stop Characters in the Real World

In Dramatica theory, characters can grow by starting a new behavior/attitude or stopping an old one.  But how does that translate to the real world?  Here are some examples: Start as the Growth  —  The direction of the Main Character’s … Continue reading

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Ideas for Stories Concerned with Understanding

Understanding as the Concern — All the objective characters are concerned with understanding something. For example, the meaning of life, the social behavior of a wild species, the evolution of a disease, an ancient hieroglyphic language. Exploring the process of … Continue reading

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Ideas for Stories Concerned with the Present

The Present as the Concern — All the objective characters are concerned with the The Present; with the way things stand as of now. For example, a kingdom is ruled by a boy king with no experience; a group of … Continue reading

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Story Ideas Concerning “The Future”

The Future as the Concern — All the objective characters are concerned with the future. For example, a country that is about to dismantle its system of apartheid; a football team preparing for its first season without their star quarterback; … Continue reading

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Story Ideas Concerning “Progress”

Progress as the Concern — All of the objective characters are concerned with determining how things are evolving. For example, whether or not the number of people purchasing new cars per year is increasing; if medical conditions for unwed teenage … Continue reading

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Ideas for Stories Concerned with “The Past”

The Past as the Concern — All the objective characters are concerned with the past. For example, an unsolved murder for which new evidence comes to light, a great-grandmother whose diary has just been discovered, a “skeleton in the closet” … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of “Mind” Stories

Mind as the Objective Story Domain — All of the objective characters are concerned with a fixed aspect of the mind. For example, a community’s firm belief in the occult; a family’s commitment to the memory of its ancestors (ancestor … Continue reading

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Story Structure: Examples of “Psychology” Stories

Psychology as the Objective Story Domain — All of the objective characters are concerned with a mental process or manner of thinking. For example, curing a mental illness; determining why someone’s relationships always fail; figuring out how to build a … Continue reading

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Story Strucutre: Examples of “Physics” Stories

Physics as the Objective Story Domain — All of the objective characters are concerned with an activity or endeavor. For example, searching for lost treasure; engaging in a sport; exercising as a way of life; self-flagellation; taking part in a … Continue reading

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