Category Archives: The Dramatica Chart

Structure and Dynamics

When we pull away the curtain of storytelling we finally get a good look at the dramatic mechanism behind it.  And one of the first things we notice is that it actually has two parts: dramatic components (such as the … Continue reading

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Beyond Dramatica – The “Dramatic Circuit”

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The Domains in Star Wars

Star Wars Objective Story Domain: Physics (the Class of Activities) — Star Wars is about a war between the Empire and the Rebellion. There is not any set location where this needs to take place, rather it is an exploration … Continue reading

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Identifying a Story’s Problem

When we seek to classify something, we try to narrow its definition, such as when we ask if something is animal, vegetable, or mineral. When classifying problems that might be of concern to the Story Mind, the first thing we … Continue reading

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Dramatic Quads & Dramatic Pairs

In each quad of Elements, we find not only Dynamic (diagonal) Pairs, but horizontal and vertical pairs as well. Horizontal Elements are called Companion Pairs, and vertical Elements are Dependent Pairs. Each kind of pair describes a different kind of … Continue reading

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Archetypal Methodologies

Shifting our attention to the Methodology Set, a very useful thing becomes evident. Because the Methodology Elements are also arranged in Dynamic Pairs, we can simply duplicate the Archetypal pattern from the Motivation Set and the Archetypal Characters will cover … Continue reading

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Character Element Pairs

In each quad of four Elements, the items that are diagonal from one another hold the greatest potential for conflict because they are exact opposites. For example, Pursuit is the opposite of Avoid. As a result, when we place the … Continue reading

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Character Elements

The Sixty-Four Element Question   Each of the character dimensions contains sixteen Elements, as we have already seen with Motivations. Each character dimension is referred to as a Set of Elements. All four Sets come together to create what is … Continue reading

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Story Perspective

From Dramatica Unplugged

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The Dramatica Chart

From Dramatica Unplugged

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