This is exciting!
Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story, opened up her Master Storyteller Method for writers everywhere today. This is the same "layered" method I mentioned in blog posts and newsletters earlier this Summer. As Melanie explains:
Often structure is brought into the picture too soon, clamping your passion into an iron maiden that pierces it more deeply with every turn of a structural screw until it bleeds out entirely. In contrast, writing with purposeless abandon creates a jellyfish of a story: an amorphous blob of subject matter with no spine, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Sounds like someone has been enjoying a little Macbeth!
I have witnessed great advances with my own clients who prefer a more organic approach to writing by using a method similar to this one. By waiting until the last second to start applying structure, the "pantser" can feel free to let their imagination run wild.
Melanie offers a free service that you can work through step-by-step online, or—if you want to take it up another notch—you can actually enlist her to help you personally with the development of your story. You can read more about your various options here.
This is a really fun and exciting time to be involved with Dramatica and the development of new techniques and tools to improve the quality of storytelling. Check out what Melanie has to offer and start writing the story you've always dreamed of telling.
One of my favorite soliloquies from Shakespeare. ↩︎