Storyforming? Is that anything like terraforming? I guess so--if building a story was like building a planet. The Storyforming stage is where an author begins to predict how their story will turn out and what kind of effect it might have on their intended audience. In short, it's where the Author structures their story. There are three more subsequent phases--Storytelling, Storyweaving, and Story Reception.


Dramatica's Ability To Predict Story Events

Don't mistake it for simply *post facto* analysis.

Produced screenwriter and former Sony Studios story analyst Ken Miyamoto has this to say about Dramatica in a Quora answer:


Defining A Dramatica Story

Are all narratives Grand Argument Stories (Dramatica stories)? The answer is no.

Chris Huntley takes time out to explain what Dramatica is and what it isn't. The controlling idea? Author's Intent is everything. Effective narrative structure may be only one of four phases that go into the creation of a story--but if the Author strives to say something meaningful with their work, it is the most important. You can get by without, but you'll need to connect on a different level.


Looking To The Stars For Inspiration

A new technique towards developing personal stories takes its inspiration from the heavens.

Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of the Dramatica theory of story, offers us a brand new approach to discovering our stories. Using an analogy based on globular clusters, she teaches a fun way to determine the unique thematic structure of our work:


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 is a complex and complicated theory of narrative and it has to be: it models the way our minds solve problems. Those new to the theory often make assumptions about what Dramatica is and what it isn't. Writers new to the theory can save themselves a world of hurt by understanding the thought process behind the development of the actual model.


Learn How to Use Dramatica in a Day

Join Jim and Melanie as they spend six hours covering all you need to know to get started using the Dramatica theory of story.

The class Melanie and I taught on Learning How to Use Dramatica in a Day is now up and ready for your viewing pleasure. Almost six hours of unadulterated story theory from the person who helped invent it and the person who helps put it to good use.


The Veil Between Author And Audience

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

There exists an event horizon between the one telling a story and the one receiving it. What looks right from one side will look completely different from the other. Understanding Author's Intent would be impossible if it weren't for tiny pinholes piercing that veil.


New Thriller Genre Gists Now Available

Our collection for this month tops out at almost 150,000 unique story points for you to mix and match within your own narratives.

The monthly installment of the Narrative First Genre Gist Collections is now ready for those monthly and yearly subscribers to Narrative First. The Genre for June is Thrillers and includes everything from Mossad to Blackhawk Helicopters to Double-Agents and even the President of the United States. Exactly how many Gists are included in the package?


How To Use Dramatica The Right Way: Part Two

The Dramatica theory of story: extra effort not included.

The promise of an application to help construct working narratives incites visions of plug-n-play storytelling. Enter a name and setting here, Command+Print a finished screenplay there. Imagine the consternation and aggravation that arises when one discovers a useful narrative technology only makes writing more difficult.


How Do You Know You Have the Right Storyform?

Dramatica theory is the science of re-writing.

A frequent question from writers new to the Dramatica theory of story stems from the 32,000+ potential options for structuring your story. With so many to choose from, how can you be sure you're writing to the right storyform?