How to Write a Tragedy
Mix the failure to achieve the Story Goal with the Main Character overcome by their own personal angst and you have all the makings of a Tragedy.
How to End a Movie
Combine the results of the efforts to achieve the Story Goal with an emotional assesment of that outcome and you have yourself a meaningful ending.
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.
Every Character Should Have An Arc
But not every character should necessarily change--an idea that runs contrary to the prevailing wisdom in modern storytelling.
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
Want your Main Character to grow believably? Have someone come into their lives who makes things uncomfortable for them on a personal level.
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.
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
When looking at the conflict located at the center of your story, there is a simple question you can ask yourself to determine what thematic issues you should be exploring.
When the Main Character is NOT the Protagonist
Separate the perspective of the Main Character from the function of the Protagonist and open up whole new worlds of storytelling.
Casino Royale: Rewinding Your Main Character
Compare your Main Character at the end of your story with where he was at the beginning to determine his Resolve.