July 11, 2017The First Plot Point Of A Story
An older article from the Vault explains the importance of clearly defining the start of a story.
May 17, 2017In Regards To The Inciting Incident
A popular term of story matters little in the final analysis.
September 18, 2016What The Inciting Incident Of A Story Really Is
> The subjective nature of the Inciting Incident prevents it from being an effective tool for structuring a story.
August 2, 2016The Tendency of a Main Character to Drive a Story
July 13, 2016Our Analysis Of Kramer vs. Kramer
While simple and sublime in its choice of thematic material, Kramer vs. Kramer reveals some key insights into how great stories work.
June 22, 2016A New Look at Plot Points
Updated and refurbished, the most looked-at article on this site gets updated by returning it to its original publishing status.
December 6, 2015The Tyranny Of The Page Number
Ancient beliefs die hard.
October 1, 2015Determining The Order Of Plot Points
Plot points share a common factor within complete stories.
September 16, 2015The Link Between Plot Points
The order of plot points dictates the feel of a story.
The Refusal of the Call: The Resistance or Flow Through a Narrative
The Main Character’s personal problems define the flow of energy through a story.
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.
The Tragedy of James Bond the Antagonist
It can be misleading to suggest that Bond works against a successful resolution.
The Schizophrenic Stories of Pixar's Brave
Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.
The True Nature of the Inciting Incident
Stories begin with an inequity; one that doesn’t have to be tied to the central character.
When Failure Becomes a Good Thing
Sometimes, the efforts to resolve a situation would only make matters worse.
Plot Points and the Inciting Incident
Many confuse the Inciting Incident with the 2nd major plot point of a narrative. Understanding when the problem of the story starts can set an author straight.
The MacGuffin Is A Joke
The idea of the MacGuffin was never intended to be, nor should it ever be, taken seriously.