Category Archives: Dramatica Concepts

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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Writing with Mental Sex

How can we illustrate the Mental Sex of our Main Character? The following point by point comparison provides some clues: Female Mental Sex: looks at motivations Male Mental Sex: looks at purposes Female Mental Sex: tries to see connections Male … Continue reading

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Using Do-er and Be-er Characters

Do-er and Be-er should not be confused with active and passive. If a Do-er is seen as active physically, a Be-er should be seen as active mentally. While the Do-er jumps in and tackles the problem by physical maneuverings, the … Continue reading

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Writing with “Start” and “Stop” Main Characters

A good way to get a feel for the Stop/Start dynamic in Change Main Characters is to picture the Stop character as having a chip on its shoulder and the Start character as having a hole in its heart. . … Continue reading

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Using “Main Character Resolve” in Your Story

Just because a Main Character ultimately remains steadfast does not mean it never considers changing. Similarly, a Change Main Character does not have to be changing all the time. In fact, that is the conflict with which it is constantly … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica

The following  excerpt is taken from The Dramatica Class Transcripts William S1 : What impact does Dramatica have on the intuitive creative process? Dramatica : That depends on the particular author, Willam, first of all, some writers like to use … Continue reading

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