Category Archives: Plot Dynamics

Structuring Your Story’s Limit

In order to create tension in your audience, you will want to establish a limit to the story. This limit will indicate to the audience what will bring the story to a moment of truth, either running out of time … Continue reading

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Male vs. Female Problem Solving

All too often in stories, relationships and interchanges between characters of different sexes come off stilted, unbelievable, or contrived. In fact, since the author is writing from the perspective of only one of the two sexes, characters of the opposite … Continue reading

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Definitive Scientific Article on Dramatica Theory

Here is a link to the definitive explanation of the Dramatica theory (in PDF) from 1993, that explains all of the key concepts in text and graphics, including descriptions of non-story uses of the psychological model and the functioning of … Continue reading

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Is your story brought to a conclusion by a timelock or an optionlock?

The following  excerpt is taken from The Dramatica Class Transcripts Dramatica : Now, I’ll jump ahead for a moment and look at a couple of plot questions…. First of all, is your story forced to a conclusion because your characters … Continue reading

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Story Judgment – Good or Bad?

The 12 Essential QuestionsEvery Writer Should Answer 8. Main Character Judgment: Good or Bad? As an author, you can temper the story’s Outcome by providing a Judgment as to whether the Main Character resolves his personal angst or not. Regardless … Continue reading

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Story Outcome – Success or Failure?

The 12 Essential QuestionsEvery Writer Should Answer 7. Story Outcome: Success or Failure? Success or failure is solely determined by whether or not the story goal is achieved, regardless of how your characters feel about it. If you want the … Continue reading

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Story Limit – Timelock or Optionlock?

The 12 Essential Questions Every Writer Should Answer 6. Story Limit: Timelock or Optionlock? In order to create tension in your audience, you will want to establish a limit to the story. This limit will indicate to the audience what … Continue reading

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