Category Archives: Definitions

Avoid the Genre Trap

Too many beginning writers see genres as checklists of elements and progressions they must touch, like checkpoints in a race. But a genre is not a box in which to write. It is a grab bag from which to pull … Continue reading

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Our New Storymind.com Web Site

After years of the same old design, we’re finally upgrading the look and feel of our parent web site, Storymind.com. Check it out: Storymind.com Tell us what you think (both the good and the bad!) We’ll be adding more products … Continue reading

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Character Purposes

A writer recently asked me the following question about feedback he received from the Dramatica software which suggested his character’s Purposes should be Knowledge and Actuality: He wrote: I don’t understand what Dramatica means by a character’s Purpose. Purpose in … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Stories

To convince ourselves (and others) that our actions are justified, we say things like, “This is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you,” “It’s for your own good,” I had to teach him a lesson,” “She … Continue reading

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Dramatica Class: Mental Sex

Dramatica:  Okay, we move on to Mental Sex… This question is not about the gender of the main Character. And, it is not about their sexual preferences, AND, it is not about masculine or feminine. It is about problem solving … Continue reading

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Dramatica’s Semantics Explained

Some words about semantics… The terminology used in Dramatica is extremely precise.  Each word is designed to convey a very particular meaning.  But this creates a number of problems from a rather obtuse lexicon to an unfamiliar taxonomy resulting in an … Continue reading

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Ability – What it Means to Dramatica

What’s “Ability” have to do with story structure? If you look in Dramatica’s “Periodic Table of Story Elements” chart (you can download a free PDF of the chart at http://storymind.com/free-downloads/ddomain.pdf ) you’ll find the “ability” in one of the little squares.  … Continue reading

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