Category Archives: Zen of Story Structure

The Zen of Narrative

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

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Step Back

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

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Intellectualism

Intellectualism is the nobility of a free society. (Something I just thunk of that might be a good thematic topic for a story).

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Narrative Structure

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.

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Deus ex Machiavelli

“The End” justifies the scenes.

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God and Dramatica

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

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Zen of Writing: “Prediction”

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

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