Category Archives: Narrative Science

Narrative in a Chaotic World

Even in a chaotic world, the Main Character – be it someone one is talking about or about ourselves as Main Character in our own real world lives – will either be striving to begin something that has not yet … Continue reading

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The Dramatica Table of Story Elements is a Model of the Mind

The Dramatica Table of Story Elements is really a model of the mind. Twisting and turning it represents the kinds of stress (and experience) we encounter in everyday life. Sometimes things get wound up as tight as they can – … Continue reading

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Narrative Psychology: To Know Oneself

We all have certain fundamental broad-stroke mental traits such as Reason, Initiative, and Skepticism. As individuals, we use the full spectrum of these tools to try and solve our problems. But when we get together in groups, we quickly self-organize … Continue reading

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What is Narrative?

Narrative is not an artificial construct imposed on fiction nor on the real world, but it is a description of the ways of the mind beneath the level of subject matter. In a sense, narrative describes the operating system of … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica Theory for Interactive Fiction (IF)

My response to a Dramatica user who had questions about using Dramatica Theory for creating narratives for interactive fiction: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading

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Narrative Psychology: How memories work – an example

Narrative Psychology: How memories work – an example Something I posted today on my Facebook page: What a magnificent mountain morning. The air is clear, crisp and clean from several days of thunderstorms. Temperature was 40 degrees when we woke … Continue reading

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What if…

A thought exercise for writers: What if you could be genetically altered to be happy in a miserable life? Would you do it? Having had a number of private responses to this post in other venues, I offer the following: … Continue reading

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