This chart illustrates the core Dramatica structure found in all complete stories. Its four major areas--Situation, Activity, Manipulation and Fixed Attitude--represent areas of conflict essential to fully explore a story. Various story components used to create dramatica story points such as the Story Goal and Problem sit nested within these four areas. These components have been arranged according to their relevance to genre, plot, theme and character.
The 2000 edition of the Dramatica Dictionary provides you with an explanation for each and every unique term associated with the theory.
The original 2D and 3D Dramatica Table of Story Elements.
Prefer panels and speech bubbles when it comes to learning? Don't worry, we have what you need--a copy of the Dramatica comic book, The Secret of Great Stories, Vol. 1: How Does Story Work?
A slightly updated fourth edition of the Dramatica theory book offers over 300 pages of pure story theory!
A separate smaller book containing only the appendices from the original Dramatica Theory Book.
Based on the series of articles below, here is an article about how and why Dramatica is different from five other story paradigms. More specifically, I compare Dramatica to the works of "Hollywood" gurus Syd Field, Robert McKee, Christopher Vogler, Michael Hauge, and John
An unpublished article from 1993 by Melanie Anne Phillips and Chris Huntley. Originally intended as a submission for Scientific Magazine, the article was never submitted, though some of the materials were incorporated into the original Dramatica theory book.
This issue includes an analysis of Just Cause, articles on "Breaking Down Lolita" and "The 'Visible' Hero," Dramatica Storyweaving tips, Dramatica email, and more
This issue includes an analysis of Outbreak and The Hot Zone, articles on "How to Adapt Adeptly" and "How to Use Build Characters," Dramatica tips, Dramatica email, and more.
This issue includes an analysis of The Vampire Chronicles, The X Files, Nell, an article on Dramatica Genres, Dramatica email, and more.
This issue includes an analysis of Speed and Stargate, Interview with A Vampire, The Pagemaster, Star Trek: Generations, Dramatica Storytelling tips, the poem "The Day After Christmas," and more.
This issue includes an analysis of Natural Born Killers, an article titled, "A Quick Lesson in Propaganda," Dramatica tips, Dramatica email, and more.
This issue includes an analysis of True Lies and The Glass Menagerie, an article on the film Clear and Present Danger, Dramatica tips, Dramatica email, and more.
This issues includes an analysis of Jurassic Park, Dramatica tips, Dramatica email, and more.