Write Brothers Dramatica Pro Win
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- 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.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the main areas Dramatica has help, and I just started to use it, is pointing out, or making me realize my stories are flat and non-three-dimensional. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gary P. Laird
Eh. It is a little pretentious. It is really easy to answer all the inputs about your story and you get this wonderful grid that means absolutely nothing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JRFrogman
I found it forced me into story decisions that don't make sense. Some aspects of it are crystal clear and quite useful, others are confusing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Marx
Great software tool for developing structure for your stories using Dramatica story theory. I highly suggest first you read the books, Dramatica, a new theory of story and... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Axsom
This is going to be a great tool to help out in the writing process after I get through the learning the learning curve. Been at it for a couple of weeks so far.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Serial Number that came with this software was initially invalid. No, the 6 is not a G, and the 0 is not an O. Yes, I can read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rianne
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 on October 11, 2013 by NC. movie man
This program got my writing in order, helped define it, and set goals that were unseen to myself. Very usefulPublished on April 29, 2013 by andrea hamilton
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 morePublished on January 6, 2013 by fatbastard