Problems with dramatica...


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Question: I have finally read what seems like a million pages, and now finally I'm writing! I'm just writing about the minor characters and their stories and I am sooo excited about what I get them to do!

I could never figure out what dramatica was, for I looked on other sites and they all said you have to buy a program for your computer etc. and I just let it go.
I'm with the 4 point theory, as with the 8 elements in my book.
I had become so scared to even write something, that I became inept in thinking that I could ever write!
Now I have a good time with knowing the basic rules, but now know what I'm doing!
My question is, do you have to use dramatica in writing a fictional novel now? Or is it just something that is helpful whether you use it or not?
Thanks, Glen, you are awesome!

Answer: Of course you don't have to use dramatica. I have simply found dramatica to be the most complete model of what makes stories work.

Use it when you are stuck for how to flesh out a plot, or when you have a story that isn't working and you want to improve it.

There are other models that attempt to explain story structure, but most of them try reduce everything down to a small number of allowable story structures - for example, the 7 basic plots. Some reduce everything to one particular story structure and hold that up as the ideal for all stories.

Dramatica is the only model that allows for over 32,000 dramatically sound story structures. It's the only one that identifies the four throughlines (most models have two at most), and it best describes the function of impact character. It is also the best at explaining why different structures can still be dramatically sound.

You can try using the Dramatica software. It has advantages, provided you have a good grasp of the theory. Many people find the theory and software too complex to be practical. On this site, I try to present the theory in a way that makes it simple enough to be empowering without becoming overwhelming.

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Aug 18, 2012
Dramatica software being too difficult...
by: J.J.JONES

Glen, I've written for about 7 hours today and too scared to stop for I'm on a role!
I spoke to a friend who is writing non-fiction book, but wanted to know--before she bought it--what is the advantages to having to buy and then understand it and then decide if it will work for non-fiction? Also from what I gleaned after i saw soo many sites loving Dramatica...I'd love it if you could say what qualities actually Dramatica brings to the table? I haven't even priced it, however I'm wondering for all the writers now using this method, if not all books will be the same, thus is Dramatica just a fad? Or do you think that it would help me, as you didn't expound on the greatness of its qualities and $ well spent? Thankx again,

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