Why Story Structure Sometimes Feels Too Restrictive
The tendency of the Holistic to drift away from narrative structure
On Becoming a Therapist to Your Characters
Making a meaningful connection between Author and Audience
The Three Essential Components of Every Storypoint
Making a meaningful connection between Author and Audience
The Role of the Goal in a Holistic Story
The sophistication of holism lies in the eyes of the beholder
Understanding the Emotional Ladder of Relationships
Spiraling up from one emotional state and down to the next
The Relationship between Character Growth and Consequence
The effect character arc plays in what it means to fail.
Story Structure that Eats the Author Alive
The greatest danger facing any writer is structure for structure's sake.
The Purpose of an Ending: Star Wars and The Matrix Revealed
The effects of linearity & holism on structure
The Holistic Experience of Watching the Matrix
The difference between thinking holistically and holistically thinking.
Re-Imagining the Key Relationship of Any Story
Measuring the dynamics of growth by the space in-between characters.
How a Steadfast Character Changes the World
Appreciating a different way to solve conflict in our lives.
Understanding How Character Arc Works
The purpose of growth is to support the premise, not the character.
Why Your Script is on the Blacklist
Gender politics factor little when it comes to writing a complete story.
Developing Complex Characters that Defy Expectation
Fascination involves moving away from Archetypal concepts of characterization.
The Definition of a Protagonist and Antagonist
Something more than simply the good guy or the bad guy of a story.
The Lingering and Lasting Effects of a Story's Outcome
A discovery out of left field ignites the development of new story theory.
On Building a Narrative Argument for Your Story
Moving beyond the general to make a difference in your storytelling.
Dramatica: A Specific Approach to Understanding Narrative Structure
The problems of the generalist stand out upon closer examination.
Uncovering the Major Plot Points of a Complete Story
Tying Act Turns to the source of conflict ensures integrity in the narrative.
Rethinking an Analysis of The Florida Project
A film that stays with you does so through a substantial and meaningful story structure.
Wrangling the Scope of an Entire Narrative
Understanding the scope of a story leads to a strengthening of that narrative's central argument.
How to Build a Narrative Argument
Support now exists for writers looking to strengthen their story's thematic argument.
Dramatica: The Journey Towards a Better Understanding of Story
With an objective theory as your guide, a path to greater clarity exists.
Not Your Usual Approach to Developing Stories
An innovative tool that helps you write a complete story in under an hour.
Unravelling the Story Structure Of Tangled: The Series
Thoughtful children’s programming delights old and young with purpose and meaning.
The Same Story: Aliens And Blade Runner: 2049
Stories that argue the same approach to resolving an inequity share the same narrative structure.
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.
How To Use Dramatica The Right Way: Part Two
The Dramatica theory of story: extra effort not included.
How to Use Dramatica the Right Way: Part One
Make it harder to learn in order to make it easier to understand.
Training the Next Generation of Storytellers
Accuracy and consistency in our understanding of the mechanism behind story paves the way for a brighter tomorrow.
The Fugitive: When A Situation Isn’t A Situation
Returning to original terminology clears up misrepresentations of conflict found in narrative.
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.
Identifying The Storyform Of A Complete Story
Figure out what it is you want to say and the rest is easy.
Identifying The Influence Character Of A Complete Story
The Influence Character is not a character, it is a perspective.
Identifying The Domains And Throughlines Of A Complete Story
A balance of all four Throughline perspectives guarantees the integrity of a narrative.
Identifying The Protagonist And Antagonist Of A Complete Story
Narratives develop integrity by ignoring commonly accepted value judgments of good and bad.
Identifying The Goal And Consequence Of A Complete Story
A look towards the initial inequity sets the stage for a meaningful narrative.
Why You Need Four Acts Instead of Three
The middle of a story requires greater definition than the beginning or the end.
Narrative Structure Gives Purpose to Story
Story structure may not be everything, but every story needs structure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dramatica: A Fractal Model Of Story Structure
Acts within Acts within Acts within Acts; the structure of a story cascades into an unending pattern.
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.
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.
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.
The Purpose Behind Every Great Story
By reflecting ourselves, a great narrative challenges us to grow beyond our own preconceptions.
Rethinking And Revisiting The Reservoir Dogs Analysis
As understanding grows, so too does the appreciation of a well-crafted and thoughtful narrative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Varied Scene Illustrations of Ex Machina
Great stories blend structure and experience in their attempt to reach out and connect with another.
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.
Writing a Perfectly Structured Scene with Dramatica
Advanced narrative theory now offers writers an opportunity to achieve the ultimate structure for their stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Predicting Who Will Listen To Your Story
Slight adjustments to the structure of your story can guarantee a larger audience.
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.
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.
Transforming Real Life into a Story
Turning the events of our lives into meaningful narrative requires an understanding of how our minds operate.
Star Trek: The Case For Writing A Screenplay With Dramatica
If it worked the first time, why change it up?
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.
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.
When Backstory Is Not Backstory
Writers can determine what is necessary and what isn't by looking to the storyform of their narrative.
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.
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.
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.
The Veil Between Author And Audience
Writers get into trouble when they try to understand what their story means while they are creating it.
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.
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.
Discovering the Story You Never Knew
A strong and resilient system for looking at narrative makes it easier to play at writing.
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.
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.
Screenwriting With Outliner4D And Dramatica On A Mac
Keep track of your story's rich thematics with the powerful Outliner4d.
How To Write A Television Series
Crafting a serialized narrative is easy once you know the storyform.
The Problem With Reverse-Engineering Dramatica
Unraveling the mysteries of story theory is another way of avoiding writing.
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.
A Method For Generating Conflict
Position one truth against another and you'll find the foundation for a great narrative.
Dramatica's Definitions Are Not Your Own
Dramatica improves commonly understood concepts of narrative in an effort to improve our understanding of story.
Dramatica And What It Means For Story
Look closely and you will see more than a rebranding of ancient texts.
A Collaborative Environment Unlike Any Other
Dramatica keeps a room full of writers focused and productive.
All You Ever Needed to Know About Dramatica
Dramatica differentiates itself by making the optional essential.
Outlining a Television Series with Dramatica
By crafting purpose and meaning into every episode, the writer/producer guarantees an Audience for the entire season.
Understanding Dramatica's Complex Terminology Made Easier
Big or small, appreciations of story structure point to the same thing.
The Secret Behind Great Character Relationships
Look to the dynamics of a relationship: the ebb and flow, the growth and the dissolution.
On the Need for Plot Points
An objective view of story helps an Author better understand the events that drive their narrative forward.
Dramatica Success: The Skeptic's Worst Nightmare
When theory moves beyond the theoretical and finds triumph in practical application.
Structure Is Not What Happens When
A comprehensive understanding of story structure leads one to appreciate what is behind said, not what is seen.
When Stories Feel Like Other Stories
Stories that argue the same basic message do so with a similar structure.
Expanding the Playground
Broaden the depth of your storytelling by leaning heavily on story structure.
Finding Your Main Character
The very best way to get to know the most important character of your story is to write something else.
The Main Character Playground
A new writing exercise for writers promises to unlock their creativity.
The Tragedy of James Bond the Antagonist
It can be misleading to suggest that Bond works against a successful resolution.
The Crucial Element of Screenwriting in Action
The connection point between subjective & objective throughlines highlights a key narrative element.
On Dramatica's Extraordinary Sense of Perception
The theory feels like magic because it is based on psychological processes we don't usually consider.
The Schizophrenic Stories of Pixar's Brave
Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.
The Wormhole Between Author and Audience
A hidden report in Dramatica&reg; bridges the gap between the two sides of a story.
The Mechanism of Story at Work
The purpose of Acts is to set different contexts for the resolution of a story's central problem.
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.
Unraveling the Uselessness of the Trope
Many writers waste their time codifying what essentially boils down to opinion.
Problems of Character Reflected in Story
The personal issues of the Main Character reflect issues in the larger world.
A Blueprint for Effective Character Development
A convincing Character Arc consists of two key appreciations of story structure.
The Problem with Problems of Character
Complete stories balance sources of conflict with instances of resolution.
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.
Dumbing Down Dramatica&reg;
Narrative theorists managed to dilute their insights by making their work more palatable.
The Science of Storytelling
The Dramatica&reg; theory of story is the most comprehensive understanding of our need to tell stories.
A Separation: Blueprint of a Masterpiece
Look no further than this gem from Iran for a lesson in superior storytelling.
Story Consultants: The Snake-Oil Salesmen of Screenwriting
Flimflammers or people who have grown tired of incomplete and pointles stories?
Losing Sight of the Main Character
Without a properly defined Main Character Throughline, Audiences quickly lose interest.
Why The Main Character's Approach
The central character of a narrative focuses their initial efforts on the source of their personal problems.
An effective character arc measures both the growth and resolve of the point-of-view.
Rearranging the Broken Psychology
Seeking resolution by changing how others think, not what they think.
Overcoming Difficult Situations
Story goals that find characters breaking free of being stuck in the external world.
Uprooting the Fixed Mindset
Story goals that find characters breaking free of being stuck within their own mind.
Achieving Story Goals That Are Not Achievements
Clearly defining the type of Goal needed to resolve a story.
Unlocking the Structural Code of the Story Goal
Understand that the Goal of a story is more than something that is won or lost.
The True Champion of Chinatown
The identity of the real Protagonist in this narrative will shock you.
Protagonist and Antagonist: Beyond Hero and Villain
Considering their functional purpose within a story helps establish a sound and effective narrative.
The Inciting Incident of Star Wars
Every complete story begins with the creation of an inequity, an inequity that requires resolution.
Distrust the Process
Nothing worse than winging it. If you have no purpose, you have no purpose telling stories.
Drawing the Audience In
The path towards empathy requires a clear Main Character personal Throughline.
Exotic Story Structure Often Unexplored
Moving off the beaten path of narrative structure and into uncharted territory.
Naturally Structuring a Story for Conflict
Forcing a narrative into a predetermined structure plasters a story with artificiality.
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.
Familiar Patterns of Story Structure
Exploring the same kind of conflict within a narrative results in a common structural conceit.
Chasing the Protagonist
The Protagonist: more than someone who wants something 'badly enough to drive a story.'
Harry Potter and the Amulet of Story Structure
The first film may have provided a clue to the narrative structure of the entire series.
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.
The True Nature of the Inciting Incident
Stories begin with an inequity, one that isn't tied to the central character.
How to Fix Hanna
While this story lacked a significant change of perspective, the pieces were in place to accomplish this important task.
The Mechanics Behind Want Vs. Need
The difference between the two lies within the concept of justification.
Heroes Who Don&#8217;t Change
Growth is one thing, significantly changing your point-of-view is another.
Learning Heroes vs. Teaching Heroes
Understanding the importance of the Resolve of the Main Character.
When Failure Becomes a Good Thing
Sometimes, the efforts to resolve a situation would only make matters worse.
Applying Pressure to the Main Character
Keeping the balance between internal and external pressures.
What You&#8217;re Missing By Not Understanding Dramatica
An appreciation of narrative that moves beyond the superficial.
The Antagonists of Inception
The Antagonist of a story represents the forces of reticence in the narrative.
Four Acts, Not Three
The idea of a Three Act structure dates itself as an incomplete understanding of the flow of narrative.
Plot Points and the Inciting Incident
Understanding when the problem of the story starts sets an author straight.
Avoiding The False Moment Of Character
Fixing a story requires a proper understanding of narrative structure.
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.
Not Everything Is A Hero&#8217;s Journey
Time for this nonsense to finally come to a resounding end.
Avatar and Star Wars: Spectacle Over Substance
The Archetypal Characters found in both blockbusters serve an important function.
Dramatica: Story Theory for the 21st Century
Moving beyond Aristotle and remedial explanations of story structure.
Why The MacGuffin Is A Joke
The idea of the MacGuffin was never intended to be, nor should it ever be, taken seriously.
Up In The Air
Connecting the Main Character's personal problem with the story's larger problem creates a meaningful and lasting narrative.
The Main Character's Central Problem
Tying the personal problem to the bigger conflict facing everyone in a story.
Redefining Protagonist and Main Character
Understanding the signficant difference between these two concepts of narrative.