Category Archives: Dramatica Concepts

Choosing a “Concern” for Your Story

The Concern of a story tends to revolve around a definable area of activity or exploration. This central hub may be internal such as Memory or Conceiving (coming up with an idea). Or, it may be external such as Obtaining … Continue reading

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Choosing an Objective Domain for Your Story

The Objective Story Domain is the throughline which describes how all of the story’s characters have been brought together. By choosing this Domain, the author sets the background against which the story will be told. Therefore, its influence is gently … Continue reading

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Dramatica Writing Software: Choosing an Objective Story Domain

Objective Story Domain: The scenario or dramatic background against which a story takes place. Every story is set against the issues which arise from a single central problem. The problem itself will fall into one of four broad categories. If … Continue reading

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Writing Your Story’s Judgement

Success and Failure are measurements of how well specific requirements have been met and are by nature Objective. In contrast, Good and Bad are personal value judgments based on an evaluation of the Main Character’s peace and fulfillment. The rational … Continue reading

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Writing Your Story’s Outcome

For certain stories, it may be desired to have a very positive feel to the outcome by having success matched with a positive judgment of that success. Other times, it may be desired to have a very negative feel to … Continue reading

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Writing with a Story Limit

A Story Limit works to bring the story to a climax and a conclusion. This Limit can be accomplished in either of two ways. Either the characters run out of places to look for the solution or they run out … Continue reading

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Writing with the Story Driver

The choice of Driver does not have to reflect the nature of the Main Character. In fact, some very interesting dramatic potentials can be created when the Story Driver and the Main Character Approach do not match. For example, a … Continue reading

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