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Dramatica &





A step by step approach to story development, from concept to completed story for your novel or screenplay. More than 200 interactive Story Cards guide you through the entire process.

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Dramatica Pro 4.0<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

The most powerful story structuring software available, Dramatica is driven by a patented "Story Engine" that cross-references your dramatic choices to ensure a perfect structure.

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Movie Magic Screenwriter


Movie Magic Screenwriter<br>Plus FREE Bonus!

The most advanced screenwriting software available, Movie Magic is deemed a "preferred file format" by the Writer's Guild. An industry standard, MMS is used by professionals and studios around the world.

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Throughline Index Cards


Interactive index cards - Name them, add notes, titles, colors, click and drag to re-arrange, adjust font, save, export and print. An essential tool for every writer.


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Dramatica Classes

Hosted by Melanie Anne Phillips
creator StoryWeaver, co-creator Dramatica

The following classes were hosted on the internet by Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator (along with Chris Huntley) of the Dramatica Theory of story.

Class 1Topics covered include:

  • The Story Mind

  • Why the Main Character does not have to be the Protagonist

  • Does your Main Character "change" or "remain steadfast"?

  • Does your Main Character grow by "starting" something or "stopping"something?
  • Is your story brought to a conclusion by a "timelock" or an "optionlock"?

Class 2Topics covered include:

  • 3 Act Versus 4 Act Structure

  • The Story Mind: Objective and Subjective

  • Main Character Review: Change/Steadfast and Start/Stop

  • Main Character: Do-er or Be-er?

  • Mental Sex: Male or Female?

  • Using Dramatica

Class 3Topics covered include:

  • Recap: A New Theory of Story

  • The Dramatica Structure. Dramatica explores both the Structure AND Dynamics of dramatics. In this class, the structural side is mapped out.

  • The Four Throughlines: Objective, Subjective, Main, and Obstacle, "I", "You", "We", and "They" perspectives.

  • Body Heat Throughlines.

  • Archetypal characters. How many are there? What are they? WHY are they? How do they relate to complex characters?

Class 4Topics covered include:


  • Story forming,

  • Story encoding,

  • Story weaving,

  • Reception.

Class 5Topics covered include:

  • Storytelling

  • Main and Obstacle Characters

  • Build Characters
  • Problem, Solution, Focus and Direction

  • Change and Steadfast Characters

Class 6Topics covered include:

  • Quads

  • When Should Characters Exhibit Characteristics?

  • Problem and Solution

  • 3 and 4 act Structure

Class 7Topics covered include:

  • Structure and Dynamics of the Dramatica Model.

  • Making Dramatica Easier.

  • Ways to use Dramatica.

  • "Spin the Model."

Class 8: Topics covered include:

  • Objective Story Act Breaks.

  • The difference between Protagonist and the Main and Obstacle Characters

  • The Subjective view of story.

  • Storytelling; Choosing a Main Character.

Class 9: Topics covered include:

  • Grand Argument Stories, what Dramatica sees as a "complete" story.

  • Story Outcome: Success or Failure? Story Judgment: Good or Bad ?

  • Main Character Resolve: Change or Steadfast.

  • The 4 Stages of Communication.

The Dramatica Theory of story was developed by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley, and was implemented into software by Chief Software Architect, Stephen Greenfield.


$149.95                       $29.95          

*Try either or both for 90 days.  Not working for you?  Return for a full refund of your purchase price!

About Dramatica and StoryWeaver

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. 

StoryWeaver 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 they go.

How They Work Together

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 Risk Free!

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 purchase price.

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