|The Story Mind|
|The Four Throughlines|
|Hero is a Four Letter Word|
|Objective and Subjective Characters|
|The Eight Archetypes|
|Drivers and Passengers|
|Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Jaws|
|Recap of Archetypal Characters|
|Archetypal Actions and Decision Characteristics|
|Archetypal Motivation Quads Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, and Jaws|
|Grouping the 16 Motivation Elements|
|Examples from Star Wars, Wizard of Oz and Jaws|
|Rules for Building Characters|
|A Look at Complex Characters in Gone With The Wind and Rear Window|
|The 64 Character Elements Chart|
|Mapping the Archetypal Pattern|
|Examining Archetypal Methodologies|
|Complex Character Dimensional Patterns|
|Defining the Main and Obstacle Character|
|The Main and Obstacle Character in the Objective Story|
|The Main Character's Crucial Element|
|What are Justifications?|
|Whait is Problem Solving?|
|Why we Justify|
|A Simple Example of Problem Solving|
|Defining the Problem|
|The Justified Main Character|
|Describing the Story's Problem|
|Chart of Dramatica Classes|
|Chart of Dramatica Types|
|Chart of Dramatica Variations|
|Chart of Dramatica Elements|
|Matching Points of View to the Chart|
|Objective Story Domain|
|Main Character Domain|
|Obstacle Character Domain|
|Subjective Story Domain|
|Domains and Beyond|
|The Thematic Argument|
|Premise and the Thematic Argument|
|Plot vs. Storyweaving|
|Acts (Another View: 3 Act Progressions)|
|Sequences (Three Act Progressions & Four Act Progressions)|
|Scenes (What's in a Scene? & Characters in Scenes)|
|Events (Events and Domains & Events Masquerading as Scenes)|
|Modes of Expression|
|Grid of Dramatica Genres|
|The Four Stages of Communication|
|Introduction to Storyforming|
|Resolve: Change or Steadfast?|
|Direction: Stop or Start?|
|Approach: Do-er or Be-er?|
|Mental Sex: Male of Female?|
|Work: Action or Decision?|
|Limit: Timelock or Optionlock?|
|Outcome: Success or Failure?|
|Judgemnt: Good or Bad?|
|Selecting the Domains in Your Story|
|Picking the Proper Classes for the Domains in Your Story|
|Static Plot Appreciations|
|Progressive Plot Appreciations|
|Change Characters and the Crucial Element|
|Steadfast Characters and the Crucial Element|
|The Main Character is not necessarily the Protagonist|
|Encoding Mental Sex|
|Encoding the Objective Story Theme|
|Encoding Theme for the Other Throughlines|
|Encoding Progressive Plot Appreciations|
|Signposts and Journeys|
|Main Character Domain Plot Progression|
|Obstacle Character Domain Plot Progression|
|Subjective Story Domain Plot Progression|
|Medium & Format|
|Storyweaving Static Appreciations|
|Out of Sequence Experiences|
|Flashbacks and Flash-forwards|
Tips for Short Stories
Tips for Episodic Television Series
|Characters in Episodic Series|
|Plot in Episodic Series|
|Theme in Episodic Series|
|Genre in Episodic Series|
Tips for Multi-Story Ensemble Series and Soap Operas
Tips for Novels
Tips for Motion Pictures
|The Rule of Threes|
|Writing for oneself|
|The Author as Main Character|
|Writing for Groups|
How to Order Dramatica: A New Theory of Story
Dramatica: A New Theory of Story
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Highlights from Dramaticapedia
Your Story Structure
|Dramatica Theory Book|
|The Lost Theory Book|
|Dramatica Software Companion|
|The Dramatica Theory|
|Origins of the Dramatica Theory|
|Story Development Tips|
|Genre & Theme|
|Novel Writing & Screenwriting|
|Author & Audience|
|Twelve Essential Questions|
|What Makes Dramatica Work?|
|How Dramatica Works|
|The Story Mind|
|Zen of Story Structure|
|Do-ers & Be-ers|
|Domains & Classes|
|Empathy & Sympathy|
|Grand Argument Story|
|How Dramatica Works|
|Leap of Faith|
|Main Character Resolve|
|Novel Writing Tips|
|Odds & Ends|
|Point of View|
|Points of View|
|Quads & Pairs|
|Signposts & Journeys|
|Space & Time|
|The Crucial Element|
|The Story Argument|
|The Story Mind|
|Writing with Dramatica Pro|
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