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Write Brothers Dramatica Pro Win

by Write Brothers
Windows XP, Mac OS X
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • Structure your plot - answer thought provoking questions about your characters and plot.
  • Illustrate Your Story - write specific examples of how each of your story decisions
  • Create Scenes - Now you weave together all the parts of the story you've developed so far.
  • NOTE to WINDOWS USERS: Dramatica Pro is compatible with WINDOWS 98/2000/NT, however, it is no longer supported on these operating systems.

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac OS X
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000H774K0
  • Item model number: 1DP0041
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 15, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Got a story in mind? How about an idea for a story? Either way, Dramatica Pro acts as your creative-writing partner. The software takes you to a story-development environment, where you'll solve the plot and character problems that prevent many good stories from becoming good enough to sell. Dramatica's StoryGuide assists you from the initial idea all the way through to completed narrative treatment, inspiring you and supporting you along the way.

Dramatica Pro 4.1 is not currently compatible with Lion (OS X 10.7), Lion+ users are recommended to consider "Dramatica Story Expert for Mac" as an alternative.

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Does What It Claims - And Very Well November 9, 2007
I have found Dramatic Pro to be an excellent tool in helping formulate and organize novel-length suspense stories. It's comprehensive and it makes you thoroughly think through the structure and flow of your story. The software does what it claims to do and it is based on successful story components. I've read other individual's reviews that were less than complimentary and I would have to say that their expectations of this software were probably beyond what the software said it could do. No writing software that I know of will lead a writer through the writing process. It's not like greeting card software that lets you pick and choose every element of the creative process and then you just print the result. But what this software does do is challenge you to not forget, and to properly develop, those key ingredients and components in any story that make the difference between one that other people like to see or read or one that gets ho-hum responses. Just learning the importance of having an Impact Character is enough to turn a mediocre story into a much better one. When you analyze successful and unsuccessful books or movies, more than half the time the difference can be traced to the development, or lack of development, of one or more Impact Characters. Dramatica Pro forces you to pay attention to through-lines, problem creation and resolution, and every element that could possibly be part of a story. But this software does require patience and the personal desire to get things properly organized. If you lack patience, then don't buy this software. If you don't like the fact that almost all successful stories have predictable elements, then you will not like this software because it will lead you down a path that you probably don't want to follow. Read more ›
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic Pro: A Superb Writing Coach March 14, 2009
Most authors employ both a creative and an analytical process in structuring a final story--one to write with and one to edit with. Dramatica Pro is the perfect tool to guide you through both processes. Be aware, however, that the program makes you work. Hard. When used correctly, Dramatica pushes you into forming characters with depth; you'll never hear a reader say "he/she would never do or say that." Dramatica forces you to focus on developing a story rich with plot tension and thematic development; there will be no "holes" to trip you up. Dramatica's main desktop is the gateway for all story-building. Take the time to explore each tile and the wealth of information at your fingertips. Start with the query system and answer each question. You'll be surprised at how much you don't know about the story in your mind when you begin and how much you do know when you're finished. If, like me, you are a "seat of the pants" writer, don't pass on this superb advisor assuming you don't need it. Write your story, input the information into the appropriate tiles and find out how much you've missed that would make your story much, much stronger.

Caveat: if you are looking for a program that will write your story for you, this is not it. If you're looking for a program that will correct poor prose, poor spelling, bad dialogue, point of view errors, etc--this is not the program for you. If you want a writing partner that will nag you into producing a strong plot structure, a well developed theme, and a rock solid foundation, then Dramatica is your choice.

The program is not easy, but it is "user friendly." If you spend some time understanding the terminology and the plethora of tools available to keep you focused on the story you want to tell, Dramatica Pro will repay you with stories others will want to read/watch.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but Helps With Plotting September 21, 2007
This has helped me organize the scenes in my novel.

It's helped me decide which characters I needed to develop my story better.

You not only need a Protagonist, you need (of course) an Antagonist (the Main character, the Impact character) and a Consider Character, Reconsider, Logic, Conscience, etc.

It also makes sense that a good novel has more than one thoroughline, more than one areas of conflict.

I'd give this 5 stars for me, but for others, it may be too bothersome to figure out how it works. I had to read about 500 pages on how to use it, why certain characters are essential, what thoroughlines will work with what, etc. and I still don't feel I know how to use everything this program offers.

I see that there's a book on Amazon, Dramatica: A New Theory of Story (Paperback), that may explain more of how to use this software. You may instead like to write your novel and use books like the Plot Doctor or Scene and Structure and others.

Good luck!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff, but you have to do the work January 23, 2011
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I agree with the negative reviews that say there is a very steep learning curve here. But if you're willing to put in the time and work to learn the theory, the payoff is enormous.

The Dramatica software uses the Dramatica theory as its logical underpinnings, so you really need to take the time to read the book and understand the theory, otherwise the results you get from the software are just going to be confusing and frustrating. (A free version of the book is available for download from the dramatica.com website as a PDF file. Be aware that it is an older edition, and some of the terminology has changed in the current edition. But it might be a good place to start, to see if this theory is for you.)

Dramatica is CONTEXTUAL, it is not intended to provide you with a story. Based on how you answer the hundreds of questions the software poses regarding your characters, their motivations, methodologies, relationships, plot points, etc., the software begins to build a suggested framework (context) for your story. Because you can start answering questions anywhere (you don't have to start at the top and work down, or vice versa), the software will even be sensitive to the priorities you are expressing. For example, if you start by answering questions about your characters, the storyforms that emerge will support a more character-driven storyform. If you start with plot elements, a more plot-driven storyform will emerge.

To demonstrate how Dramatica is contextual, let's say I want to write a story with a thematic subject of "forgiveness". In this case I would start by answering Dramatica's Concern class. You won't find "forgiveness" in the pick list, because what you are looking for here is a CONTEXT from which to tell your story about forgiveness.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I have bad grammar
Its is great very helpful service through e-mail but there is no grammar check. I was told it was coming. I say use it. Wish I could give four and a half stars.
Published 10 months ago by NC. movie man
5.0 out of 5 stars dramatica pro useful
This program got my writing in order, helped define it, and set goals that were unseen to myself. Very useful
Published 16 months ago by andrea hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! - A very novel and helpful approach to storytelling
I hardly ever write reviews for anything, but after studying the Dramatica story theory and using the software companion, I believe the least I can do is write about what an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by fatbastard
1.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, difficult, many downsides
It is a software for writers unable to create their own story. It is complicated, confusing, unclear interface, poor instruction manual, using their own terms not universally or... Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by A trader
4.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre to Good and Above
The only reason I don't give this product 5 stars is that it's reports are not as well organized or as information-at-a-glance as I think they could. Read more
Published on February 10, 2011 by Pablo Lema
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth It
Being disorganized is the bane of my life. Being creative is the blessing. Putting the two together can be painful. Read more
Published on June 14, 2010 by Joie Depina
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
This is a nice product, although not my cup of tea. It's not easy to work with and by the time I went through all the steps, I could have written my novel already. Read more
Published on February 11, 2010 by Bookworm2
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatica Pro Review
Dramatica Pro is a wonderful tool for writers. When used properly, it will help the writer to produce a thoroughly developed work. Is it easy to use? No, not by a long shot. Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by SAH
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work on VISTA!!
I am very upset that I just paid all this money for it and the product won't even install on Vista. That's extremely frustrating. Read more
Published on April 10, 2009 by Alana
5.0 out of 5 stars It helped me write dozens of stories, sell most of them.
I've been using this theory and software on all of my projects since 1997 and every time it has helped me write a better, more inventive and better-structured story. Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by ElevenTwentySeven
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