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Category Archives: Zen of Story Structure
By Melanie Anne Phillips Think of Dramatica as the Zen of narrative. Every new aspect of it that you learn provides a new angle on the issues you face and opens up new avenues of exploration through which to seek … Continue reading
Although it is important to work on the particulars of your story you can lose track of the big picture in doing so exclusively. Step back from time to time to take in your story as a whole. See it … Continue reading
These days, everyone is talking about “narrative.” But the common understanding of narrative structure is an uneven amalgam of statistics and truisms. In actuality, narrative structure is the clockwork that serves up creativity.
“The End” justifies the scenes.
Now here’s a touchy subject. Still, over the years, many have taken a philosophical, even spiritual view of Dramatica. There are even some who have drawn a comparison between Dramatica’s 64 elements and the 64 trigrams of the I Ching. … Continue reading
Prediction explores the effort to learn the course of one’s destiny. Destiny is the path to a particular fate, or through a series of fates. Fates are experiences or conditions one must encounter along the way as one’s destiny directs … Continue reading
The distinction between Fate and destiny is an important one. Destiny is the direction one’s life must take, Fate is any given moment along that direction. So whereas one can have many Fates, one can only have one destiny. Fate … Continue reading
When one has all the facts, knows all the impact – both positive and negative; when one is fully aware of detrimental consequences and still decides on the poor course of action, there is something wrong with the way one … Continue reading
The Subconscious describes the essential feelings that form the foundation of character. These feelings are so basic that a character is often not aware of what they truly are. When The Subconscious is involved, a character is moved right to … Continue reading