1 - The Story Mind
Introducing the Story Mind
The central concept in
Dramatica is called "The Story Mind." It is what makes Dramatica
unique. Dramatica says that every complete story is an analogy to a single human
mind trying to deal with an inequity.
That's quite a mouthful,
but all it really means is that a story structure is a model of the mind's
problem solving process. It means that all the dramatic elements of a story are
actually psychological aspects of the human mind.
This is not the mind of the
author, reader or audience, but of the story itself - a mind created
symbolically in the process of communicating across a medium. It is a mind for
the audience to look at, understand, and then occupy.
Moreover, characters, plot,
theme, and genre are not just a bunch of people doing things with value
standards in an overall setting. Rather, characters, plot, theme, and genre are
different families of thought that occur in the Story Mind, in fact, in our own
In story structure, these
thoughts are made tangible, incarnate, so that the audience members might look
into the mechanisms of their own minds, see them from the outside in, and
thereby gain an understanding of how to solve similar problems in their own
*Try either or both for 90 days. Not working for you?
Return for a full refund of your purchase price!
About Dramatica and
What They Do
Dramatica is a tool to help you
build a perfect story structure. StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build
your story's world.
Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your
story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies.
focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add
depth, detail and passion to your story.
How They Do It
Dramatica has the world's only
patented interactive Story Engine™ which cross-references your answers to
questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your
structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.
StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new
creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through
the story development process. You'll design the people who'll inhabit
your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.
How They Work Alone
By itself Dramatica appeals to
structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories
logically before they write a word.
By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to
intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as
How They Work
But, the finished work of a
structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.
And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is
where Dramatica can help.
So, while each kind of writer will
find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of
writers can benefit from both programs.
Try Either Program
We have a 90
Day Return Policy here at Storymind. Try either or both of these
products and if you aren't completely satisfied we'll cheerfully refund your