April 7Online Group Analysis of Field of Dreams
When analyzing the deep thematic structure of a narrative, several minds function better than one.
March 27The Reason For Certain Progressions Of Plot
The Dramatica theory of story is the only paradigm of story where the order of events carries with it as much meaning as the events themselves.
January 6Finding The Personality Of A Story Through Conflict
The uniqueness of a narrative construct lies in its arrangement of conflict through the Four Throughlines.
September 22, 2016The Key to Everything in Story
August 25, 2016The Throughlines of Sideways
August 18, 2016The Throughlines of Florence Foster Jenkins
August 11, 2016The Throughlines of Stalag 17
August 4, 2016The Throughlines Of Macbeth
The bothersome meddling of the supernatural can lead a mad tyrant astray.
July 28, 2016The Throughlines of The Dark Horse
July 21, 2016The Throughlines Of Hunt For The Wilderpeople
A New Zealand spin on a familiar arrangement of Throughlines keeps this film fresh and charming.
July 14, 2016The Throughlines Of Kramer vs. Kramer
Though typical in its arrangement, the Throughlines of this Academy Award-winning narrative still work together to seamlessly deliver the Author's message.
July 7, 2016The Throughlines of Nightcrawler
A sophisticated story that uses all Four Throughlines to examine the fallout from ambition.
July 5, 2016Piper: A Complete Story in Six Minutes
June 30, 2016The Throughlines of Zootopia
A bold and inventive take on the thematics experienced by all the characters in this story drives this film to stand out amongst its peers.
June 23, 2016Beasts of No Nation and Throughline Thursdays
With this spectacular film we move our popular Tuesday feature to Thursdays. Because it's more fun to say.
June 14, 2016The Throughlines of Up in the Air
The critical acclaim for this film rests in the sound narrative structure of its four Throughlines.
June 7, 2016The Throughlines Of Whiplash
Want to be truly great? Take a look at how Whiplash accomplished their feat of monumental storytelling.
June 1, 2016Moulin Rouge! And Throughline Tuesdays
A new feature begins here at Narrative First--one where we examine the personality of a story by looking at where it focuses thematic conflict.
May 17, 2016A Visual Approach To Learning Dramatica
A hand drawn approach to understanding complicated concepts of narrative.
November 17, 2015Trying To Keep From Dying
When you're trying to stay alive, meaning has little meaning.
October 15, 2015Establishing The Nature Of Conflict In A Story
Stories are models of how we think and solve problems.
October 8, 2015The Story Of Steve Jobs Has Meaning
The backlash to the film might have a basis in psychology and the structure of a good story.
September 8, 2015When Dramatica Analysis Goes Bad
Story analysis with Dramatica is not subjective.
August 27, 2015Helping Writers
Rethinking And Revisiting The Reservoir Dogs Analysis
As understanding grows, so too does the appreciation of a well-crafted and thoughtful narrative.
How to Find the Narrative Code Within a Great Story
Great writers need to be great analysts in order to fully understand the mechanism of their stories.
Understanding the Personal Goal of Your Main Character
The Dramatica theory of story makes it easy for Authors to determine what is of utmost concern to their Main Characters--if you understand what Dramatica is asking.
Writers Who Write The Same Main Character
Writers gravitate to that emotional irritant deep within them and use a story to help work through solving their own personal problems.
Dramatica's Definitions Are Not Your Own
Dramatica improves commonly understood concepts of narrative in an effort to improve our understanding of story.
The Story Structure of True Detective
Form does not determine structure; the same psychological process that fuels film also runs through the bloodstream of television.
Bringing Gravity to Gravity
A missing piece of narrative structure, key to establishing a complete story, left this film with little left to offer except one helluva' ride.