Ain't It Cool's Sneak Peek of Pixar's Brave Displays More Ignorance
Critiques based on inadequate understandings of narrative create great distress.
Why Gross Generalizations in Screenwriting Don't Work
Greater specificity in how we look at story results in a greater understanding of how narrative truly works.
Michael Hague's Screenplay Structure and Why It Works
Knowing why structure functions clues one in on the importance of structure.
The Mind of a Main Character
The base operating system of a character signals to the Audience why the Main Character behaves a certain way, expecting certain results.
How Main Characters Approach Problems
Some prefer to take action, others prefer to internalize. Knowing which one clues Authors in on the kind of conflict their Main Charater faces.
Development of Character Arc
All growth is not transformative; sometimes a character stands fast to their resolve in order to change the world around them.
Main Character and Meaning
When it comes to making your narrative mean something, a clear indication of the central character's point-of-view is paramount.
Determining the Mind of a Main Character
How a character thinks determines the order of Acts within a story.
The End Of A Main Character's Arc
Peaceful resolutions come in many different ways, regardless of how reprehensible.
Of Tragedies and Triumphs
A meaningful ending is one where the Author communicates a complete argument.
Writing the Personal Tragedy
The combination of a successful outcome with an unresolved emotional state creates this bittersweet narrative.
Writing the Personal Triumph
The combination of a failed outcome with a sense of peace creates this bittersweet narrative.
A Case Of The Missing Heart
Visually stunning but lacking heart? It's not just one thing that is wrong, it's two.
A Story is an Argument
For a narrative to enjoy lasting meaning, an argument must form the foundation of its structure.
Same Story, Different Title
What do Sean Penn’s _Into the Wild_ and M. Night Shyamalan’s _The Sixth Sense_ have in common? Much more than you would probably think.
Every Character Should Have An Arc
But not every character needs to change their personal point-of-view.
The Distance Needed To Write A Meaningful Story
Stories are as long as they need to be to fully explore the argument being made.
Why You Shouldn't Care How the Dramatica Theory of Story Works
A look under the hood proves to be a tremendous waste of energy.
The Most Important Event in a Story
The event that creates the original inequity motivates the efforts to bring about resolution.
A Good Impact Character Makes Things Uncomfortable
Influence Characters challenge the Main Character to deal with their justifications.
The Dramatic Differences Between the Male and Female Mind
The seemingly crazy ways your partner looks at the world could help you better understand story.
The Second Most Important Character in a Film
Steadfast characters believe the same thing that drives them should drive everyone.
Thinking of Your Audience First
Narrative structure isn't always about the story--sometimes it can help an Author better understand their Audience.
Ratatouille: Why the Film Seems Too Long
Replacing one director with another resulted in competing storyforms--with different levels of scope.
A Simple Way to Look at the Throughlines of Your Story
A simple question you can ask to determine the thematic issues of your story.
The Truth about Dramatica and the X-Files
The conspiracy to keep secret the hidden code of narrative structure.
Steadfast Characters and the Crucial Element
Exploring character arc in characters that don't "change."
When the Main Character is NOT the Protagonist
Separate the perspective of the Main Character from the function of the Protagonist and open up an entirely new world of storytelling.
The Keys to the Crucial Element of Screenwriting
A way to see character arc without the perspective of time.
Casino Royale: Rewinding Your Main Character
Compare the end with the beginning to determine Resolve.
Stories Are Like Birthday Cake
You know how great one tastes, but you probably don't know what goes into it.
The Prestige: Identifying the Main Character
When defining the structure of your story, who you are looking at and who you are looking from within matters.
Why Act Order Is More Important Than Time Spent
Most story paradigms emphasize the amount of time spent on an Act over the more important order in which the Acts appear.
Determining Your Protagonist’s Goal
In order to clearly define the Goal of your story, define who the Audience roots for and make that side the Protagonist.