Category Archives: Definitions

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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“Ability” in Story Structure

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 … Continue reading

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Descrepencies in Dramatica Terminology?

A Writer recently asked: Dear Melanie, I think, if I understand this correctly, that there is an incongruence between the Dramatica software terminology and the book – in that the software calls it the “Main vs. Impact Storyline” whereas the … Continue reading

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Dramatica vs. McKee

Dramatica vs. McKee Two Approaches to Creativity A client recently wrote to me asking how followers of Robert McKee view Dramatica.  Here is my reply: Usually, McKee students see his method and Dramatica as two sides of the same coin … Continue reading

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StoryWeaver Writing Software Walk Through

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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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Understanding Plot: The Elements of a Scene

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