Got a story in mind?
Dramatica® Story Expert™ is the newest software based on the Dramatica story development system. It has powerful new writing tools for both aspiring writers and established professionals.
How about an idea for a story? Either way, Dramatica® Story Expert™ is a great place to start. As your creative writing partner, it takes you to a special place—a story development environment where together you'll solve the plot and character problems that prevent many good stories from becoming great enough to sell.
Cast and build your characters, plot out your story, layer in themes with universal meaning, and put it all together into scenes to form a solid step outline. Dramatica Story Expert, like all Dramatica products, does something no other writing programs can do—they predict parts of your story based on creative decisions you make! You'll be delighted to see how many of your creative choices Dramatica Story Expert agrees with—and amazed when it presents ideas you haven't thought of yet. You'll be inspired to incorporate those ideas into your developing story and make it even tighter—with no plot holes or character inconsistencies!
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Thousands of novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, and fiction writers use Dramatica Pro to perfect their story. When you write with Dramatica, you'll join a large supportive writing community. Find free story analyses and articles at Dramatica.com.
Free video training tutorials available at LearnDramaticaStoryExpert.com.
Dramatica Story Expert improvements over Dramatica Pro
- WHAT'S NEW?
PROJECT OVERVIEW: The project overview shows you your story at a glance. It lets you identify your story's title, author, logline, and brief synopsis. The project overview also shows you the four key threads, or throughlines, in your story. These include the "big picture" thread of the Overall Story throughline, the personal thread of the Main Character, the impact of the Influence Character, and the heart thread of the story in the Relationship throughline.
GISTS: Building on Dramatica Pro's outstanding question and answer system, Dramatica Story Expert lets you customize Dramatica's terminology with "gists," short descriptive phrases, so that questions conform to your writing style and the story's subject matter.
MASTER STORY ENGINE: One of Dramatica Story Expert's more advanced features is the new Master Story Engine. The master story engine gives you fifty-six story points with which to control the story's underlying storyform. As you make specific story point choices, Dramatica's interactive story engine shows the effect on the remaining story points. By identifying the parts of the story you know best first, the story engine automatically identifies the implied items that support your choices. Dramatica is the only system that can tell you more about your underlying story dramatics than you tell it. .
NEW TOPIC LISTS: StoryGuide topic lists incorporating "Dramatica for Screenwriters" techniques including Dramatica in Thirty Seconds, New Instant Dramatica, and Using the Plot Sequence Report to Create Scenes.
Getting Started Window, new menus, large character pictures, updated reports window, better name generator, better brainstorming tools, generate scenes command, font controls and preferences, and more.
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The project overview shows you your story at a glance. It lets you identify your story's title, author, log line, and brief synopsis. The project overview also shows you the four key threads, or throughlines, in your story. These include the "big picture" thread of the Overall Story throughline, the personal thread of the Main Character, the impact of the Influence Character, and the heart thread of the story in the Relationship throughline.
Use the Icon Toolbar to navigate to Dramatica Story Expert’s major features and windows.
There's only one way to write your story -- your way. StoryGuide leads you step-by-step through the ideal path to creating your unique story. Quick Start gives you instant feedback, Advanced guide takes you from beginning to end.
Building on Dramatica Pro's outstanding question and answer system, Dramatica Story Expert lets you customize Dramatica's terminology with "gists," short descriptive phrases, so that questions conform to your writing style and the story's subject matter.
Manage your collections of gists with the gist manager. In addition to the 12,000+ generalized gists that comes with the software, you may create your own specialized gist collections and share them with other writers.
Master Story Engine
One of Dramatica Story Expert’s more advanced features is the new Master Story Engine. The master story engine gives you fifty-six story points with which to control the story’s underlying storyform. As you make specific story point choices, Dramatica’s interactive story engine shows the effect on the remaining story points. By identifying the parts of the story you know best first, the story engine automatically identifies the implied items that support your choices. Dramatica is the only system that can tell you more about your underlying story dramatics than you tell it.
Delve into each characters background, habits, and other details in the player information windows. Add new players and edit or remove existing players to create just the right balance for your story.
Dramatica shows you the linear act structure of your story's 4 throughlines from beginning to middle to end. Each throughline has 4 plot points-signposts indicating how the story will spin from act to act-and 3 acts-your characters' emotional journeys from one plot point to the next.
Interesting. Deep. Real. Memorable. Dramatica helps you craft characters that leap off the page and into the hearts and minds of your audience. Define the relationships between your characters by assigning thematic elements to character icons. Explore character relationships and see how they help or hinder each other. Decide what's motivating your characters and how they'll express the central themes of your story.
Getting Started Screen
Dramatica Story Expert provides incredibly powerful tools for creating and analyzing stories. With its innovative new Gists interface, it enables anyone to harness the power of this extraordinary software.
Michael Backes, Apple Master; Screenwriter, Rising Sun Cofounder, American Film Institute/Apple Computer Center for Film and Video Makers
Dramatica: Indispensable power tools for my imagination . . . Dramatica is my indispensable tool both in bringing form to my new novels and in the repair and tune-up of stories that I am revisiting. It has added a new, grander dimension to my craft. These are power tools no storyteller should be without.
Tracy Hickman, NY Times Bestselling Author, DragonLance (series), Rose of the Prophet (series), Deathgate Cycle (series), Bronze Chronicles (series)
I’ve used Dramatica as a creative tool on virtually every script I’ve written professionally, dating back to before BAND OF BROTHERS. It is, by far, the most comprehensive and useful theory and software for understanding what makes good stories work that I know of. I highly recommend it as a resource for all writers.
Erik Bork, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning screenwriter (HBO’s BAND OF BROTHERS and FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON)
If Dramatica Story Expert is the Large Hadron Collider of story creation -- and it is -- then the software's new gists are its God particles.
Roger S. H. Schulman Oscar and Emmy-award nominated writer
Since becoming a professional writer, nothing has improved my writing more than Dramatica.
Mike Wollaeger, Writer X-Files, Star Trek: Voyager
I love this new version of Dramatica Story Expert. It has a clever graphical interface that gives you all of the story elements. For those who are new to Dramatica, the terms used are all explained. I would not think of undertaking a new book without using DSE.
Ken Renshaw, author, Shortcuts: Secrets of ESP and Love.
Dramatica has been the only writing partner I have ever known, and it has never let me down. My first two produced screenplays were written with Dramatica software. And just when I thought it couldn't get any better, along comes Dramatica Story Expert. It's intuitive. It's interactive. It's inspirational. It knows my screenplay better than I know it myself. It's everything I ever wanted in a writing partner...and more.
Raffaele DiBacco DiBacco Films
I watched my story come alive with Dramatica Story Expert's new organic approach to writing. The new overview window creates a writer's palette, showing throughlines, characters and choices on the same page.
Patricia Fraker actor, educator
I've used Dramatica since 2007 and the new Dramatica Story Expert is a game changer. The new interface puts the story at your fingertips like never before and the new gists feature allows the story to come alive and reveal the structure in a way that allows ideas to be fully developed into a rock solid outline ready to start writing. The best just got better!
David John Jones screenwriter and novelist
Dramatica Theory makes predictions about stories when they are coherent with their own rules, The hardest test would be to use it on real life. Dramatica Story Expert is useful to documentary makers because it offers insights into the often elusive story structure. It can also be useful in the cutting room for the same reason. Dramatica also has something to offer to very short stories, like news reports. Getting answers to just four questions interviews produces a story with a feeling of completeness. What/Where is it? How does it work? What does it mean? Why is it important?
The Dramatica Theory of Story Structure by Chris Huntley and Melanie Anne Phillips demonstrates the effect of story on the psyche of a human being. Using this theory in tandem with the Dramatica Story Expert software enables a writer to understand how particular elements of a story affect the mind of the viewer, enabling the development of easily accessible, entertaining, and, most importantly, powerful stories about the human condition. If you're going to purchase any story development application, Dramatica Story Expert is by far the best choice.
George Strayton, staff writer on Sam Raimi's XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS (Universal Studios), writer of DRAGONLANCE starring Kiefer Sutherland (Paramount Pictures), and writer/producer of the upcoming film XOMBIE, recently optioned by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (TRANSFORMERS, FRINGE, STAR TREK, COWBOYS & ALIENS)
The story for Copy Shop was in my head for 10 years. Dramatica is with me for 5 years – long enough to burn the 12 essential questions into my subconsciousness. The 12 minute film won 25 international awards and an Oscar-nomination.
Virgil Widrich, 2001 Oscar Nominee Best Short Film: Copy Shop
I suppose subjecting myself to the process—the discipline of Dramatica—has had an invaluable consequence: I have more confidence in the final product. I know the bones of the screenplay are good because I know I made my fundamental decisions in a most dramatically informed way.
Marc Moss, Screenwriter, Along Came A Spider, Flint
Dramatica is a dream come true for any writer who thinks in cinematic terms, and it makes a wonderful creative companion. You cannot take your brain off it!!!
Euzhan Palcy, Screenwriter/Director, A Dry White Season, Sugar Cane Alley, Cesar
Dramatica Pro guides you through the nitty gritty of creating your story. It’s a focusing tool. I’ve taken my story ideas with character sketches and plugged them into the Dramatica Pro program. By the time I finished answering all of the questions, my story is fully realized and I’m ready to write.
Yvette Freeman, Writer/ActorWinner—Hollywood Black Film Festival Screenwriter Award
Dramatica is the most effective tool in the market place today for writer’s on every level.
Bill Duke, Actor/ Producer/ Director, The Limey, Payback, Hoodlum, Sister Act II
Dramatica Pro is a story development tool I am pleased to recommend to other writers. It can either develop a story with minimal feedback from the writer or significantly enhance an existing idea by fanning writer passion to an unexpected level. This has allowed my story development process to shift in several truly systemic ways.
David O’Neal, Novelist, Fool Me Twice, What Goes Around, The Pact With Bruno, Choosing to Kill
I had my pitch meeting with a producer… Everything he wanted to know I’d been forced to game out with my ol’ friend Dramatica… the program will make your job as a writer not only easier, but more fun. By the way, I got the deal.
David Obst, Wired Magazine; Author, Too Good to Be Forgotten: Changing America in the ‘60s and ‘70s
Dramatica is an essential tool for developing a story’s structure. I used it extensively to develop a screenplay that was awarded first place in the SlamDance Screenwriting Competition.
Carl Weaver, 1st Place WinnerSlamDance Competition
My comedy won the first prize in the ‘Salzburg Screenplay Competition’ today. The jury said that my script was miles ahead of all others.
Virgil Widrich, Winner of the Salzburg Screenplay Competition
I finished the first draft story outline of a piece I’ve been working on for a couple of months. It came together exactly as I had envisioned it. While I credit myself for a large part of that, endless accolades must go out to Dramatica. The program forced me to focus on exactly what I wanted to do. It also gave me great insights as to do much of it. You guys really did a job with this program.
Dana Cameron, Writer
...I can say that I have never approached a book project with more confidence that I am on the right path. Dramatica Pro refuses to let me off the hook; rather, it forces me to think things through, directly and indirectly, in such a way that no avenues seem to be left unexplored. I feel certain that this thoroughness will eliminate problems down the road—problems that surely would have emerged without Dramatica Pro’s vaccination. The process also seems to be drawing from me more than I knew I had in me. That feels good, and is reinforcing as I work through my story idea.
Patricia Sierra, Writer
Creating characters can drive a comic bananas and I take my funny business very seriously. That’s why I chose Dramatica Pro to make my work fun. There’s only one thing missing – Comedica Pro.
Kat Caverly, aka Shirley Kenosha, Writer/Comedian, TomKat Productions, NYC
I LOVE this software! You and your have my deepest gratitude. That you offer different approaches to the process is extraordinary in software, period, but also, indispensable for a creative modeler like this.
Roseanne Johnston, Writer
Obviously I would not be writing if I had not derived a great deal of enjoyment and many productive hours from Dramatica. It is an impressive and graceful achievement.
Derrick Smith, Writer
I was intrigued enough by the recent write-up of Dramatica in the current issue of the Writers Guild Journal to order a copy of theory book from your company. I am pausing after just a few pages to give you this feedback: The first four pages are perhaps the most intellectually elegant profoundly reframing words I have ever read concerning the idea of story.
Jim Boke Tomlin, Writer
Thanks for a terrific program. Out of the box and without even looking at the manual, I used it to help me find a problem in a script I had written and optioned a couple of years ago, but attracted no further interest. Then I read the manual and have since been using it to outline a novel.
John Michael Flynn, Writer
I’ve tried other programs and they are all fine products, but Dramatica takes you to deeper levels… If I were to rate the programs I’ve tried, I’d give top prize to this one. I first read about it in Writers Digest and was curious since it was the only one rated ‘Excellent’ in the story development software category. Now I see why.
Robert F.Phillips, Writer
Congratulations on a great software!... I’m currently in the process of rewriting a script that I had nearly completed a month ago. Dramatica pointed out the weaknesses in my story structure in the first seven days after installation.
Jan Wellman, Writer
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