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              June 12th, 2018

              Dramatica: A Specific Approach to Understanding Narrative Structure

              The problems of the generalist stand out upon closer examination.

              Dramatica and Main Character Problem

              March 23rd, 2018

              Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story

              Tying Act Turns to the source of conflict ensures integrity in the narrative.

              Story Driver

              March 21st, 2018

              Rethinking an Analysis of The Florida Project

              A film that stays with you does so through a substantial and meaningful story structure.

              Overall Story Throughline, Main Character Throughline, and The Storyform

              March 2nd, 2018

              Wrangling the Scope of an Entire Narrative

              Understanding the scope of a story leads to a strengthening of that narrative's central argument.

              Story Limit

              February 27th, 2018

              How to Build a Narrative Argument

              Support now exists for writers looking to strengthen their story's thematic argument.

              Main Character Resolve, Main Character Growth, Story Outcome, Story Judgment, and Main Character Crucial Element

              February 14th, 2018

              Dramatica: The Journey Towards a Better Understanding of Story

              With an objective theory as your guide, a path to greater clarity exists.

              Dramatica

              January 23rd, 2018

              Not Your Usual Approach to Developing Stories

              An innovative tool that helps you write a complete story in under an hour.

              January 19th, 2018

              Unravelling the Story Structure Of Tangled: The Series

              Thoughtful children’s programming delights old and young with purpose and meaning.

              The Storyform

              October 31st, 2017

              The Same Story: Aliens And Blade Runner: 2049

              Stories that argue the same approach to resolving an inequity share the same narrative structure.

              The Storyform

              October 24th, 2017

              The Power of Implied Story Points to Frame a Narrative

              A single story point does not a story make; the totality of all story points relate in a great schematic of meaning.

              Main Character Throughline and Influence Character Throughline

              October 13th, 2017

              How To Use Dramatica The Right Way: Part Two

              The Dramatica theory of story: extra effort not included.

              Storyforming and Storytelling

              October 9th, 2017

              How to Use Dramatica the Right Way: Part One

              Make it harder to learn in order to make it easier to understand.

              Four Throughlines and Domain

              September 30th, 2017

              Training the Next Generation of Storytellers

              Accuracy and consistency in our understanding of the mechanism behind story paves the way for a brighter tomorrow.

              Protagonist, The Antagonist, Main Character, and Influence Character

              September 25th, 2017

              Your Story is Schrödinger's Cat

              Quantum theory and its application in the telling of great stories.

              The Storyform, Overall Story Throughline, and Main Character Throughline

              September 16th, 2017

              The Fugitive: When A Situation Isn’t A Situation

              Returning to original terminology clears up misrepresentations of conflict found in narrative.

              Domain, Overall Story Throughline, and Main Character Throughline

              September 8th, 2017

              Finding The Plot Of Your Story Through Theme

              Determining the progression of events is easy once you identify the family of Thematic issues present in your story.

              Plot Progression and Theme

              August 31st, 2017

              Identifying The Storyform Of A Complete Story

              Figure out what it is you want to say and the rest is easy.

              The Storyform and Inequity

              August 24th, 2017

              Identifying The Influence Character Of A Complete Story

              The Influence Character is not a character, it is a perspective.

              Influence Character and Storymind

              August 17th, 2017

              Identifying The Domains And Throughlines Of A Complete Story

              A balance of all four Throughline perspectives guarantees the integrity of a narrative.

              Four Throughlines and Inequity

              August 10th, 2017

              Identifying The Protagonist And Antagonist Of A Complete Story

              Narratives develop integrity by ignoring commonly accepted value judgments of good and bad.

              Protagonist, The Antagonist, Overall Story Goal, and Overall Story Consequence

              August 4th, 2017

              Identifying The Goal And Consequence Of A Complete Story

              A look towards the initial inequity sets the stage for a meaningful narrative.

              Overall Story Goal, Overall Story Consequence, and Inequity

              July 17th, 2017

              Why You Need Four Acts Instead of Three

              The middle of a story requires greater definition than the beginning or the end.

              Acts and Plot Progression

              July 5th, 2017

              Narrative Structure Gives Purpose to Story

              Story structure may not be everything, but every story needs structure.

              The Storyform

              May 22nd, 2017

              Generating Dramatic Tension Within Each Act of Your Story: Part Five

              The right to write rests within anyone possessing the inclination to say something meaningful and true.

              Overall Story Requirements, Overall Story Prerequisites, Overall Story Consequence, and Overall Story Goal

              April 8th, 2017

              Generating Dramatic Tension Within Each Act of Your Story: Part Four

              The path through narrative begins on one side of the internal/external fence and ends on the other.

              Overall Story Requirements, Overall Story Prerequisites, Overall Story Consequence, The Storyform, Story Outcome, and Main Character Problem-Solving Style

              April 1st, 2017

              Generating Dramatic Tension Within Each Act Of Your Story: Part Three

              When it comes to increasing pressure on the characters in a story, look to the negative influences available within the structure.

              Overall Story Requirements, Overall Story Prerequisites, and Overall Story Consequence

              March 25th, 2017

              Generating Dramatic Tension Within Each Act Of Your Story: Part Two

              For Two-Act structures, tension exists with the juxtaposition of two key plot points.

              The Storyform, Acts, Overall Story Requirements, and Overall Story Prerequisites

              March 18th, 2017

              Generating Dramatic Tension Within Each Act Of Your Story: Part One

              Understanding how your characters feel requires stepping out of their shoes and looking at them from a dispassionate objective view.

              The Storyform, Overall Story Goal, Overall Story Consequence, Overall Story Requirements, Overall Story Prerequisites, and Sequence Method

              March 10th, 2017

              Dramatica: A Fractal Model Of Story Structure

              Acts within Acts within Acts within Acts; the structure of a story cascades into an unending pattern.

              Dramatica, Storymind, and Plot

              March 2nd, 2017

              Finding The Major Dramatic Question Of Your Story

              An accurate account of the tension within a story requires writers to take an objective view of their story.

              Overall Story Throughline and Overall Story Goal

              February 23rd, 2017

              Identifying The Number Of Acts In Your Story

              The number of Acts in your story depends on the underlying thematic material you wish to explore.

              Acts, Signposts, and Plot Progression

              February 16th, 2017

              The Difference Between Becoming And Being In Dramatica

              Apply oneself to the study of the differences in the types of conflict found within a complete narrative.

              Domain and Concern

              February 7th, 2017

              The Purpose Behind Every Great Story

              By reflecting ourselves, a great narrative challenges us to grow beyond our own preconceptions.

              Storymind and Dramatica

              January 31st, 2017

              Rethinking And Revisiting The Reservoir Dogs Analysis

              As understanding grows, so too does the appreciation of a well-crafted and thoughtful narrative.

              The Storyform, Dramatica, and Four Throughlines

              December 1st, 2016

              The Crucial Element to Telling a Great Story

              The most important part of any story exists at the intersection of the objective and subjective points-of-view within the narrative.

              Storymind, Main Character Throughline, and Overall Story Throughline

              November 22nd, 2016

              Finding Your Own Unique Voice When Writing for Nanowrimo

              Learn how to connect your heart's deepest desires with the structure of your story to create a compelling and meaningful narrative.

              The Storyform, Main Character Throughline, Influence Character Throughline, and Main Character Resolve

              November 17th, 2016

              Finding Inspiration for Nanowrimo Within a Great Story

              If moved by a particular story, Authors can use the storyform at the heart of it to relay the same meaningful message to their own Audiences.

              The Storyform and Gists

              November 10th, 2016

              Brainstorming a Brand New Genre for Nanowrimo

              By combining our Gist Collections, writers can challenge their preconceptions of story to create something never seen before.

              The Storyform

              November 3rd, 2016

              Creating a Story from Scratch for Nanowrimo

              Enthusiasm and dedication can take you only so far--a strong foundation and meaningful story structure will give you purpose and direction.

              The Storyform, Main Character, and Influence Character

              October 27th, 2016

              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.

              The Storyform and Four Throughlines

              October 20th, 2016

              The Varied Scene Illustrations of Ex Machina

              Great stories blend structure and experience in their attempt to reach out and connect with another.

              PASS and Scenes

              October 13th, 2016

              Ex Machina: The Narrative Code Hidden Within the Machine

              In order to unlock the thematic message locked deep inside a story, both Author and analyst must maintain an objective point-of-view.

              Audience Appreciations, Story Judgment, Main Character Growth, Main Character Approach, Main Character Throughline, and Influence Character Throughline

              October 6th, 2016

              Writing a Perfectly Structured Scene with Dramatica

              Advanced narrative theory now offers writers an opportunity to achieve the ultimate structure for their stories.

              Scenes, Events, TKAD, PRCO, SRCA, and PASS

              September 29th, 2016

              Unlocking the Empathy of Your Audience

              The combination lies in the application of a key Dramatica concept--the Main Character's Approach to solving personal problems.

              Main Character Approach

              September 22nd, 2016

              The Essential Ingredients of Every Complete Story

              Instead of relying on taste, Authors should look to what they have to work with in order to create the most delicious story.

              Main Character Resolve and Main Character Growth

              September 15th, 2016

              The True Nature of Story

              Wrapping up our series on Audience Appreciations, we elevate our understanding of narrative and begin to see it as a complex web of relationships.

              Nature, Main Character Resolve, Story Outcome, Stop, and Start

              September 8th, 2016

              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.

              Tendency, Main Character Approach, Story Driver, and Crucial Element

              September 1st, 2016

              How To Tell If Your Main Character Faces Overwhelming Or Surmountable Odds

              Understanding the science behind narrative opens up the channels of communication between Author and Audience.

              Essence, Main Character Growth, and Story Judgment

              August 25th, 2016

              Predicting Who Will Listen To Your Story

              Slight adjustments to the structure of your story can guarantee a larger audience.

              Reach, Story Limit, and Main Character Problem-Solving Style

              August 18th, 2016

              Using Dramatica To Assess Narratives In The Real World

              By understanding the structural and dynamic appreciations of narrative, the storytellers of today can be masters of their own destinies.

              The Storyform, Main Character Throughline, Influence Character Throughline, Main Character Resolve, Story Outcome, Story Judgment, and Main Character Growth

              August 11th, 2016

              9 Steps Towards Telling Your Story

              Create a framework of narrative around the events in your life and transform the inconsequential into something truly meaningful.

              Overall Story Goal, Story Limit, Story Outcome, Story Judgment, Main Character Throughline, Influence Character Throughline, Main Character Resolve, and Relationship Story Throughline

              August 4th, 2016

              Transforming Real Life into a Story

              Turning the events of our lives into meaningful narrative requires an understanding of how our minds operate.

              Main Character Resolve, Story Outcome, Story Judgment, Tale, Relationship Story Throughline, and Influence Character Throughline

              July 28th, 2016

              Star Trek: The Case For Writing A Screenplay With Dramatica

              If it worked the first time, why change it up?

              Main Character Throughline, Influence Character Throughline, Relationship Story Throughline, and Dramatica

              July 21st, 2016

              The Difference Between Star Trek And Star Wars

              If you remove what you think is the source of conflict from a story and there is still trouble, you haven't properly identified the source of conflict.

              Overall Story Concern

              July 14th, 2016

              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.

              Domain, Four Throughlines, Story Driver, and Concern

              July 7th, 2016

              When Backstory Is Not Backstory

              Writers can determine what is necessary and what isn't by looking to the storyform of their narrative.

              Backstory, Main Character Approach, Main Character Resolve, and Plot Progression

              June 30th, 2016

              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.

              Four Throughlines, Main Character Approach, and Influence Character Throughline

              June 24th, 2016

              The Forces Of Influence Felt Between The Two Principal Characters Of A Story

              In addition to actual concrete connections, there are forces of influence that bind the Main Character and Influence Character of a story together.

              Influence Character, Main Character, and Inequity

              June 17th, 2016

              Finding Connections Between The Two Principal Characters Of A Story

              Look for meaning in Dramatica's story points and you will be hard pressed to find it; look for an answer as to where to go next in your story and you will find nirvana.

              Inequity, Problem, Main Character, and Influence Character

              June 9th, 2016

              The Veil Between Author And Audience

              Writers get into trouble when they try to understand what their story means while they are creating it.

              Storyforming and Story Reception

              June 3rd, 2016

              Dramatica And The Importance Of Relationships

              The key to really getting Dramatica is to understand that it is all about the narrative relationships the theory models.

              Dramatica, Main Character Approach, Main Character Growth, and Storyforming

              May 13th, 2016

              How To End Writer's Block Forever

              Know what it is you want to say and learn to use a tool that keeps you on the straight & narrow as you write that first draft.

              The Storyform and Dramatica

              April 28th, 2016

              Discovering the Story You Never Knew

              A strong and resilient system for looking at narrative makes it easier to play at writing.

              The Storyform

              April 21st, 2016

              Finding Your True Self Through Writing

              Continuing last week's article on generating story ideas, we take a look at how to get up close and personal with your deepest intentions.

              Influence Character Throughline

              April 14th, 2016

              Generating An Abundance Of Story Ideas

              If you want to write something unique and original, identify your story's deep meaning and then write similar stories as a means to brainstorm a better, fresher approach.

              Influence Character Throughline

              April 7th, 2016

              Screenwriting With Outliner4D And Dramatica On A Mac

              Keep track of your story's rich thematics with the powerful Outliner4d.

              March 29th, 2016

              How To Write A Television Series

              Crafting a serialized narrative is easy once you know the storyform.

              The Storyform

              March 4th, 2016

              The Problem With Reverse-Engineering Dramatica

              Unraveling the mysteries of story theory is another way of avoiding writing.

              Dramatica

              December 17th, 2015

              The Fault In Our Stars: An Anatomy Of An Analysis

              An effective analysis of a film requires an objective sounding board. Dramatica offers that opportunity.

              The Storyform

              December 8th, 2015

              A Method For Generating Conflict

              Position one truth against another and you'll find the foundation for a great narrative.

              Inequity and Conflict

              December 4th, 2015

              Dramatica's Definitions Are Not Your Own

              Dramatica improves commonly understood concepts of narrative in an effort to improve our understanding of story.

              Four Throughlines, The Storyform, and Inequity

              September 22nd, 2015

              Dramatica And What It Means For Story

              Look closely and you will see more than a rebranding of ancient texts.

              Dramatica

              September 15th, 2015

              How An Inequity--And A Story--Is Made

              Human psychology dictates story structure.

              Inequity, Justification, Problem-Solving, and Backstory

              June 9th, 2015

              The Actual and Apparent Nature of Story

              Is the dilemma facing the Main Character real?

              Nature, Main Character Resolve, and Story Outcome

              May 21st, 2015

              A Collaborative Environment Unlike Any Other

              Dramatica keeps a room full of writers focused and productive.

              Dramatica

              May 15th, 2015

              Using Dramatica in the Real World

              Using story theory to fix broken stories.

              Dramatica

              May 1st, 2015

              The Fallacy of the Two Hander

              No such thing as a two-hander, just a misunderstanding of story.

              Influence Character and Relationship Story Throughline

              April 25th, 2015

              The Idea of the Script Consultant

              They're not as sinister as the professionals make them out to be.

              Dramatica

              April 17th, 2015

              All You Ever Needed to Know About Dramatica

              Dramatica differentiates itself by making the optional essential.

              Dramatica

              April 10th, 2015

              Outlining a Television Series with Dramatica

              By crafting purpose and meaning into every episode, the writer/producer guarantees an Audience for the entire season.

              Signposts and The Storyform

              April 3rd, 2015

              Always Be Reading

              March 27th, 2015

              Outlining Screenplays with Dramatica and Fountain

              Dramatica and Four Throughlines

              March 19th, 2015

              Screenwriting with Fountain

              Dramatica

              March 6th, 2015

              Always Be Writing

              October 16th, 2014

              Understanding Dramatica's Complex Terminology Made Easier

              Big or small, appreciations of story structure point to the same thing.

              Domain, Concern, Issue, and Problem

              October 10th, 2014

              Don't Use Other Movies as Reference

              Complete stories do not share the same structure.

              The Storyform and Main Character Problem

              September 11th, 2014

              The Secret Behind Great Character Relationships

              Look to the dynamics of a relationship: the ebb and flow, the growth and the dissolution.

              Relationship Story Throughline

              August 28th, 2014

              On the Need for Plot Points

              An objective view of story helps an Author better understand the events that drive their narrative forward.

              Protagonist, The Antagonist, Overall Story Goal, and Overall Story Throughline

              August 7th, 2014

              Dramatica Success: The Skeptic's Worst Nightmare

              When theory moves beyond the theoretical and finds triumph in practical application.

              Dramatica

              July 31st, 2014

              Structure Is Not What Happens When

              A comprehensive understanding of story structure leads one to appreciate what is behind said, not what is seen.

              Acts and Four Throughlines

              July 24th, 2014

              When Stories Feel Like Other Stories

              Stories that argue the same basic message do so with a similar structure.

              Dramatica and The Storyform

              July 9th, 2014

              Expanding the Playground

              Broaden the depth of your storytelling by leaning heavily on story structure.

              Main Character Throughline and Gists

              July 3rd, 2014

              Finding Your Main Character

              The very best way to get to know the most important character of your story is to write something else.

              Main Character Throughline and Gists

              June 26th, 2014

              The Main Character Playground

              A new writing exercise for writers promises to unlock their creativity.

              Main Character Throughline and Gists

              June 19th, 2014

              The Tragedy of James Bond the Antagonist

              It can be misleading to suggest that Bond works against a successful resolution.

              The Antagonist, Story Driver, Overall Story Goal, and Story Outcome

              June 12th, 2014

              The Crucial Element of Screenwriting in Action

              The connection point between subjective & objective throughlines highlights a key narrative element.

              Main Character Throughline, Overall Story Throughline, and Crucial Element

              June 5th, 2014

              On Dramatica's Extraordinary Sense of Perception

              The theory feels like magic because it is based on psychological processes we don't usually consider.

              Dramatica

              May 29th, 2014

              The Schizophrenic Stories of Pixar's Brave

              Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.

              Main Character Resolve, Main Character Approach, Main Character Problem-Solving Style, and Story Driver

              May 22nd, 2014

              The Wormhole Between Author and Audience

              A hidden report in Dramatica® bridges the gap between the two sides of a story.

              Dramatica and Plot Sequence

              May 15th, 2014

              The Mechanism of Story at Work

              The purpose of Acts is to set different contexts for the resolution of a story's central problem.

              Signposts and Acts

              May 8th, 2014

              The Relationship Behind Every Great Story

              Understand what must be done for the relationship to succeed and you will find the source of conflict between them.

              Relationship Story Throughline and Overall Story Goal

              May 1st, 2014

              Unraveling the Uselessness of the Trope

              Many writers waste their time codifying what essentially boils down to opinion.

              Dramatica

              April 24th, 2014

              Problems of Character Reflected in Story

              The personal issues of the Main Character reflect issues in the larger world.

              Main Character Problem and Overall Story Problem

              April 17th, 2014

              A Blueprint for Effective Character Development

              A convincing Character Arc consists of two key appreciations of story structure.

              Main Character Problem and Main Character Symptom

              April 10th, 2014

              The Problem with Problems of Character

              Complete stories balance sources of conflict with instances of resolution.

              Main Character Problem, Main Character Symptom, and The Storyform

              April 3rd, 2014

              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.

              Four Throughlines, Main Character Resolve, and Influence Character Resolve

              March 27th, 2014

              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.

              Main Character Throughline, Overall Story Throughline, and Four Throughlines

              March 20th, 2014

              Dumbing Down Dramatica®

              Narrative theorists managed to dilute their insights by making their work more palatable.

              Dramatica, Influence Character, and Main Character

              March 13th, 2014

              The Science of Storytelling

              The Dramatica® theory of story is the most comprehensive understanding of our need to tell stories.

              Dramatica, Main Character Unique Ability, and Acts

              March 6th, 2014

              The Toy Story Dilemma

              Does Woody really have a change of heart...or does he strengthen his resolve?

              Main Character Resolve and Influence Character Resolve

              June 1st, 2013

              Tying the Towers of Story Structure Together

              Four Throughlines

              May 23rd, 2013

              A Separation: Predicting Greatness

              Dramatica and The Storyform

              May 20th, 2013

              A Separation: Blueprint of a Masterpiece

              Look no further than this gem from Iran for a lesson in superior storytelling.

              Dramatica, The Storyform, and Main Character Resolve

              May 10th, 2013

              Screenwriting: Beating the Odds

              Dramatica

              May 2nd, 2013

              A Positive Spin on Problems

              Main Character Problem, Main Character Solution, Overall Story Problem, and Overall Story Solution

              April 26th, 2013

              Story Consultants: The Snake-Oil Salesmen of Screenwriting

              Flimflammers or people who have grown tired of incomplete and pointles stories?

              Dramatica

              April 17th, 2013

              Directly Solving Problems Indirectly

              Main Character Problem-Solving Style

              April 10th, 2013

              Losing Sight of the Main Character

              Without a properly defined Main Character Throughline, Audiences quickly lose interest.

              Main Character Throughline

              April 3rd, 2013

              Genius Doesn't Know Genius

              Do as I do, not as I say.

              Four Throughlines

              March 27th, 2013

              Why The Main Character's Approach

              The central character of a narrative focuses their initial efforts on the source of their personal problems.

              Main Character Approach

              March 20th, 2013

              Flipping Perspectives

              An effective character arc measures both the growth and resolve of the point-of-view.

              Main Character Resolve and Influence Character Resolve

              March 13th, 2013

              A Reason for Rules

              Structure grants meaning and gives purpose to a complete story.

              Main Character Resolve, Influence Character Resolve, and Main Character Growth

              March 7th, 2013

              The Scientific Study of Story

              Dramatica

              September 13th, 2012

              Narrative Science and the Evolution of Story

              Dramatica

              August 29th, 2012

              Starlight and Character Arc

              Main Character Problem, Main Character Resolve, and Main Character Symptom

              August 21st, 2012

              Change Your Character Doesn’t Need

              Main Character Growth, Main Character Resolve, Main Character Symptom, Story Outcome, and Story Judgment

              August 13th, 2012

              Perfect Story Structure

              Dramatica

              August 6th, 2012

              Avoiding the False Moment

              Main Character Problem-Solving Style, Relationship Story Throughline, and Story Driver

              June 21st, 2012

              The Shawshank Analysis

              Dramatica and Four Throughlines

              June 10th, 2012

              The Goal of Every Story, The Goal of Every Author

              Overall Story Goal

              June 4th, 2012

              Rearranging the Broken Psychology

              Overall Story Goal

              May 24th, 2012

              Uprooting the Fixed Mindset

              Overall Story Goal

              May 18th, 2012

              Overcoming Difficult Situations

              Overall Story Goal

              May 7th, 2012

              Achieving Story Goals that are Not Achievements

              Overall Story Goal

              April 29th, 2012

              Unlocking the Structural Code of the Story Goal

              Overall Story Goal and Story Driver

              April 19th, 2012

              The True Champion of Chinatown

              The identity of the real Protagonist in this narrative will shock you.

              Protagonist, The Antagonist, and Overall Story Goal

              April 14th, 2012

              Why Theory Matters

              Dramatica

              April 7th, 2012

              Protagonist and Antagonist: Beyond Hero and Villain

              Considering their functional purpose within a story helps establish a sound and effective narrative.

              Protagonist and The Antagonist

              March 26th, 2012

              Unraveling Tangled

              Main Character, Protagonist, and Overall Story Consequence

              March 17th, 2012

              The Inciting Incident of Star Wars

              Every complete story begins with the creation of an inequity, an inequity that requires resolution.

              Inciting Incident and Inequity

              March 8th, 2012

              Distrust the Process

              Nothing worse than winging it. If you have no purpose, you have no purpose telling stories.

              Dramatica

              December 31st, 2011

              Conflict of a Different Nature

              Seeking internal conflict within a predominantly external medium.

              Four Throughlines

              December 27th, 2011

              Drawing the Audience In

              The path towards empathy requires a clear Main Character personal Throughline.

              Genre and Main Character Throughline

              December 23rd, 2011

              Exotic Story Structure Often Unexplored

              Moving off the beaten path of narrative structure and into uncharted territory.

              Four Throughlines and Main Character Throughline

              December 18th, 2011

              Naturally Structuring a Story for Conflict

              Forcing a narrative into a predetermined structure plasters a story with artificiality.

              Dramatica and Four Throughlines

              December 13th, 2011

              Not-So Familiar Patterns of Story Structure

              Shifting the conflict experienced by the Main Character into a different area creates a unique kind of story.

              Four Throughlines

              December 8th, 2011

              Familiar Patterns of Story Structure

              Exploring the same kind of conflict within a narrative results in a common structural conceit.

              Domain, Dramatica, Genre, and Four Throughlines

              December 5th, 2011

              A Conflict Unlike Any Other

              A complete story sources conflict from four different distinct areas.

              Domain, Dramatica, Genre, and Four Throughlines

              November 12th, 2011

              The End of the Three-Act Structure

              Acts, Plot Progression, and Signposts

              October 27th, 2011

              Chasing the Protagonist

              The Protagonist: more than someone who wants something 'badly enough to drive a story.'

              Archetypes, Complex Characters, Main Character, and Protagonist

              September 17th, 2011

              To Tell a Tale, To Craft a Story

              Dramatica and Tale

              September 7th, 2011

              Blockbuster Films and the Main Character

              Main Character Throughline, Overall Story Throughline, and Protagonist

              September 3rd, 2011

              The Magic of the Storyform

              Dramatica and The Storyform

              August 14th, 2011

              Harry Potter and the Amulet of Story Structure

              The first film may have provided a clue to the narrative structure of the entire series.

              Influence Character and Relationship Story Throughline

              August 6th, 2011

              The Religion of Story Structure

              Dramatica

              July 31st, 2011

              Story Goals and Why They Exist

              Inciting Incident, Main Character, Protagonist, Story Driver, and Overall Story Goal

              July 17th, 2011

              The Sound of Music: Making History Meaningful

              Four Throughlines

              July 7th, 2011

              Female Main Characters Who Think Like Female Main Characters

              Mental Sex and Main Character Problem-Solving Style

              June 30th, 2011

              Black Swan and Star Wars: Cousins of Story Structure

              These two disparate films share common thematic elements—and it has nothing to do with the Hero's Journey.

              Main Character Problem, Main Character Solution, and Story Judgment

              June 23rd, 2011

              How to Figure Out Your Character’s Arc

              Main Character Problem, Main Character Solution, and Main Character Resolve

              June 19th, 2011

              The Difference Between Neo and Sarah Connor

              One is a Protagonist. The other is not.

              Influence Character, Main Character Approach, Main Character Growth, Main Character Throughline, and Story Judgment

              June 12th, 2011

              Dysfunctional Families and Their Stories

              Overall Story Throughline and Overall Story Goal

              June 4th, 2011

              Framing Devices and What They Mean

              Main Character Resolve

              May 26th, 2011

              Dramatica: Mad Libs or Madly Accurate?

              Dramatica, Main Character Resolve, Story Judgment, and Story Outcome

              May 19th, 2011

              Forget the Cat, Save Yourself!

              Acts, Overall Story Throughline, and Relationship Story Throughline

              May 12th, 2011

              Understanding the Arc of a Main Character

              Influence Character Resolve and Main Character Growth

              May 5th, 2011

              The True Nature of the Inciting Incident

              Stories begin with an inequity; one that doesn't have to be tied to the central character.

              Inciting Incident, Main Character, Overall Story Throughline, and Story Driver

              April 29th, 2011

              Triumphs of Tragedy: Black Swan and The Wrestler

              Main Character, Personal Tragedy, Protagonist, and Triumph

              April 22nd, 2011

              How to Fix Hanna

              While this story lacked a significant change of perspective, the pieces were in place to accomplish this important task.

              Influence Character and Relationship Story Throughline

              April 15th, 2011

              Mildred Pierce

              Four Throughlines and Tragedy

              April 8th, 2011

              What Story Structure Is and Isn’t

              Four Throughlines, Main Character Problem, Overall Story Problem, and Personal Triumph

              April 1st, 2011

              The Real Magic Behind Great Stories

              Dramatica

              March 24th, 2011

              Heroes That Aren’t

              Hero, Main Character, and Protagonist

              March 17th, 2011

              The Mechanics Behind Want Vs. Need

              Hero, Justification, Main Character Resolve, Main Character Problem, Main Character Symptom, Main Character Response, and Main Character Solution

              March 11th, 2011

              Heroes Who Don’t Change

              Hero, Main Character Growth, and Steadfast Main Character

              March 3rd, 2011

              Learning Heroes vs. Teaching Heroes

              Writers can write more confidently when they understand the importance of the resolve of their Main Character.

              Hero and Main Character Resolve

              November 30th, 2010

              Writing a Screenplay with Dramatica

              Dramatica, Plot Progression, Signposts, Story Judgment, Story Outcome, and The Storyform

              November 23rd, 2010

              What It Means to Fail

              Overall Story Problem, Overall Story Solution, and Story Outcome

              November 16th, 2010

              When Failure Becomes a Good Thing

              Sometimes, the efforts to resolve a situation would only make matters worse.

              Personal Triumph, Plot Points, Signposts, Story Driver, Story Judgment, and Story Outcome

              November 11th, 2010

              How to Train Your Inciting Incident

              The Antagonist, Inciting Incident, Objective Characters, Protagonist, and Story Driver

              October 28th, 2010

              Applying Pressure to the Main Character

              Changed Main Character, Main Character Growth, Main Character Resolve, and Steadfast Main Character

              October 19th, 2010

              What You’re Missing By Not Understanding Dramatica

              Complete Stories and Dramatica

              October 9th, 2010

              The Delectable and Exquisite Themes of Ratatouille

              Overall Story Issue and Theme

              October 2nd, 2010

              Meaningful Storytelling: An Analysis of Inception

              Main Character, Main Character Solution, Main Character Throughline, Overall Story Solution, Overall Story Throughline, Protagonist, Story Driver, and Overall Story Goal

              September 26th, 2010

              Sophisticated Story Goals

              Overall Story Concern, Overall Story Goal, and Story Outcome

              September 17th, 2010

              The Structure of a Short Story

              Short Stories and Storymind

              September 9th, 2010

              The Antagonists of Inception

              The Antagonist of a story represents the forces of reticence in the narrative.

              Overall Story Goal, Villain, and The Antagonist

              September 2nd, 2010

              Accurate Story Structure Ain’t Easy

              Overall Story Throughline, Plot Progression, and Signposts

              August 26th, 2010

              The Reason for Acts

              Overall Story Throughline, Plot Progression, and Signposts

              August 18th, 2010

              Organizing Your Screenwriting Life with the iPhone and iPad

              August 11th, 2010

              Four Acts, Not Three

              The idea of a Three Act structure dates itself as an incomplete understanding of the flow of narrative.

              Acts, Four Throughlines, Inciting Incident, and Plot Points

              August 5th, 2010

              Demystifying Plot Points and the Inciting Incident (2018)

              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.

              Closing Event, Inciting Incident, Plot Progression, Signposts, and Story Driver

              July 29th, 2010

              The Illusion of Change

              Main Character Growth, Main Character Resolve, Main Character Throughline, and Steadfast Main Character

              July 21st, 2010

              When Film Analysis Goes Bad

              Main Character Resolve, Influence Character Resolve, Relationship Story Throughline, and Story Reception

              July 14th, 2010

              The True Definition of a Protagonist

              Main Character, Protagonist, Story Limit, and Story Outcome

              July 7th, 2010

              Successful Short Story Adaptations

              Changed Main Character, Main Character Resolve, Steadfast Main Character, and Story Judgment

              June 30th, 2010

              Avoiding The False Moment Of Character

              Changed Influence Character, Influence Character Resolve, Main Character Resolve, Relationship Story Problem, Relationship Story Throughline, and Steadfast Main Character

              June 23rd, 2010

              The Handshake and the Machine

              Main Character Resolve and Story Outcome

              June 16th, 2010

              The Difference Between Neo and Luke Skywalker

              While some contend these two share a similar heroic journey, an understanding of conflict personal to them proves otherwise.

              Main Character, Main Character Problem, Main Character Solution, Overall Story Consequence, and Overall Story Goal

              June 9th, 2010

              Not Everything Is A Hero’s Journey

              Time for this nonsense to finally come to an end.

              Protagonist, The Hero's Journey, Monomyth, and Hero

              June 2nd, 2010

              The Pacific vs. Band of Brothers

              Story Outcome and Story Judgment

              May 26th, 2010

              Avatar and the Broken Main Character

              Changed Main Character, Character Arc, Main Character Problem, Main Character Throughline, and Steadfast Main Character

              May 19th, 2010

              Avatar and Star Wars: Spectacle Over Substance

              Archetypes, Protagonist, The Antagonist, Contagonist, Guardian, Skeptic, and Overall Story Goal

              May 12th, 2010

              Dramatica: Story Theory for the 21st Century

              Dramatica

              May 5th, 2010

              Why The MacGuffin Is A Joke (2018)

              The idea of the MacGuffin was never intended to be, nor should it ever be, taken seriously.

              Overall Story Goal and Story Driver

              April 28th, 2010

              You Don’t Know Jack

              Crucial Element, Overall Story Issue, Overall Story Problem, Story Outcome, Story Judgment, and Tragedy

              April 21st, 2010

              Up In The Air

              Connecting the Main Character's personal problem with the story's larger problem creates a meaningful and lasting narrative.

              Influence Character Throughline, Main Character Problem, Overall Story Problem, and Relationship Story Throughline

              April 14th, 2010

              The Main Character's Central Problem

              Main Character Problem and Main Character Solution

              April 7th, 2010

              Narrative Drive and Weak Protagonists

              Main Character, Protagonist, and Overall Story Goal

              March 31st, 2010

              Demystifying Protagonist and Main Character

              Understanding the difference between the two opens up whole new worlds of storytelling possibilities.

              Main Character and Protagonist

              December 13th, 2009

              Writing Complete Stories

              The secret to success lies in a consistent use of the Four Throughlines of narrative.

              Overall Story Throughline, Influence Character Throughline, Main Character Throughline, and Relationship Story Throughline