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by phillybudd
Mar 11, 2011 5:01 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Characters/Characteristics/Archatypes
Replies: 8
Views: 6834

Re: Characters/Characteristics/Archatypes

Great question. I think I like the idea of the "you" perspective for the MC. Would help keep the "impact" thing straight in my mind. Anxious to see what Chris says.
by phillybudd
Feb 12, 2011 10:32 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Instinct vs. Impulsive Responses
Replies: 2
Views: 4327

Re: Instinct vs. Impulsive Responses

Thanks Chris. I did understand that is a Type and the other a Variation. But the idea of looking at the other items in the quad to help hone in on the meaning (in context) is something I (stupidly) didn't think of!

Jeff
by phillybudd
Feb 12, 2011 6:08 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Instinct vs. Impulsive Responses
Replies: 2
Views: 4327

Instinct vs. Impulsive Responses

Chris et al, I find the Dramatica definitions of Instinct and Impulsive Responses to be so similar that I'm having trouble distinguishing them. In fact in Peter Shaffer's analysis of "Amadeus" on the dramatica.com website he uses them almost interchangeably. Overall Story Signpost 2 as it ...
by phillybudd
Feb 10, 2011 3:35 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: When does a throughline become a subplot
Replies: 4
Views: 5891

Re: When does a throughline become a subplot

Hopefully Chris will chime in here and provide his wizened advice. :) But subplots generally do NOT have a Grand Argument, because then they would be competing with the OS's Grand Argument. I would also argue that in Mockingbird the SS story "reflects", if you will, the OS -- the story of ...
by phillybudd
Feb 10, 2011 1:58 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: How do you know when you have the right storyform?
Replies: 3
Views: 3557

Re: How do you know when you have the right storyform?

I know what you mean. You push something on one end and something falls out of the other end. However, I think it is in the storyweaving where the solutions lie. I just read a section of "Dramatica for Screenwriters" today where he points out that you can stand things on their head. He use...
by phillybudd
Feb 10, 2011 5:19 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: statistics and targets
Replies: 6
Views: 5706

Re: statistics and targets

Hi Teresa, Leonides02 is right, Dramatica helps you design a story structure, it does not include a word processor. I use PageFour, because it provides me a way to organize all my notes and ideas separately from my writing in the way I want (and it saves everything as RTF files, while can be opened ...
by phillybudd
Feb 10, 2011 4:29 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: When does a throughline become a subplot
Replies: 4
Views: 5891

Re: When does a throughline become a subplot

Most of the characters in "To Kill a Mockingbird" are complex. Boo is the Impact Character, although this relationship is very subtle, since Boo is not physically present until the end of the story. Remember that the Protagonist in the story is Atticus, not Scout -- she is the Main Charact...
by phillybudd
Feb 10, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Steadfast IC's Doubts
Replies: 5
Views: 5185

Re: Steadfast IC's Doubts

Thanks! But I've since decided it should be spelled "hoaxacity."
by phillybudd
Feb 09, 2011 4:33 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Steadfast IC's Doubts
Replies: 5
Views: 5185

Re: Steadfast IC's Doubts

Sounds like a terrific idea in any case. I don't think it's the IC's steadfastness that necessarily moves the MC to change, anyway, it's the counter-argument, which the IC represents in the story (according the Dramatica theory any character can make the counter-argument, by the way, but it is the I...
by phillybudd
Feb 08, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Dramatica email list
Replies: 11
Views: 6888

Re: Dramatica email list

Kat, I did join that group but never get any mail from it. I think it's defunct...
by phillybudd
Feb 08, 2011 5:10 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Dramatica email list
Replies: 11
Views: 6888

Re: Dramatica email list

Chris, I have set up several Yahoo ML groups for various interests, and would be happy to do this when the time comes.

Jeff
by phillybudd
Feb 08, 2011 5:03 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Steadfast IC's Doubts
Replies: 5
Views: 5185

Re: Steadfast IC's Doubts

From the book: Main Character Resolve describes the relationship between the MC and the IC. The impact of the IC is what forces the MC to even consider changing. If the MC eventually does change, it is the result of the IC's affect on the MC's perspective. I remember that elsewhere in the book it al...
by phillybudd
Feb 05, 2011 10:38 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Humor
Replies: 4
Views: 3891

Re: Humor

Thanks to both of you, I agree.
by phillybudd
Feb 04, 2011 4:34 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Character Element Confusion
Replies: 8
Views: 6252

Re: Character Element Confusion

Ain't that the truth! The storyforming part of this theory is so rigorous and was such an epiphany (for me) where story structure is concerned. The storyweaving part is much scarier. I have found the book "Dramatica for Screenwriters" to be a great help in getting past this. The section &q...
by phillybudd
Feb 03, 2011 8:35 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Humor
Replies: 4
Views: 3891

Re: Humor

The one line that really brought out the laughs was this, in reference to some fragments of an ancient magical treatise that had recently been discovered: The fragments are now at the Institute of Magical History in Oslo. (There were many raised eyebrows when London declined to take them, but the Mi...
by phillybudd
Feb 01, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 10
Views: 8596

Re: Newbie

Hi Teresa,

the example and type-cast files are all way down in the Dramatica folder in your program files (if you're on Windows). I'm not sure where they would be on the Mac but presumably also wherever your Dramatica folder is.

Jeff
by phillybudd
Feb 01, 2011 7:24 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Humor
Replies: 4
Views: 3891

Humor

This isn't really a Dramatica question, but I can't think of a better place to pose it. I am working on a fantasy novel (wizards, that kind of thing). I wrote an "author's introduction", which is itself complete fiction, introducing the story as if it were real history and providing some b...
by phillybudd
Jan 30, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: 16 Elements, 28 Characters
Replies: 6
Views: 5826

Re: 16 Elements, 28 Characters

The character building screen is for your 8 major roles: Protagonist, Antagonist, Contagonist, etc. Unless all 28 characters are intended to play some part of those structural roles, you should limit the character building screen to just your major characters. That said, it is possible for multiple ...
by phillybudd
Jan 27, 2011 6:04 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: MC as Antagonist - any examples please?
Replies: 13
Views: 28483

Re: MC as Antagonist - any examples please?

Interesting point. But given this: The Protagonist represents our Initiative, the motivation to change the status quo. The Antagonist embodies our Reticence to change the status quo. ... couldn't one also argue that the Grinch is the one trying to change the status quo, and the Whos are trying to ke...
by phillybudd
Jan 25, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Antagonist as Guardian
Replies: 5
Views: 4752

Re: Antagonist as Guardian

Remember that Antagonist and Guardian are different structural roles. I'm currently working on a story that does a very similar thing. What I'm doing is splitting the Guardian and Antagonist characteristics between two characters. This allows me to create some mystery around who is right/wrong.

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