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Overview

The ultimate creative writing partner.

Got a story in mind? How about an idea for a story? Either way, Dramatica Pro 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.

Dramatica's StoryGuide will handhold you from initial idea all the way through to completed narrative treatment, inspiring you and supporting you along the way. It's like having a successful author as your writing partner, sitting by your side and mentoring you! Unlike lesser writing programs, you actually create your story in the software. Here's how:

1. Structure Your Plot

Answer Dramatica's thought provoking questions about your characters and plot. This narrows down the possible ways of telling your story to the one that best expresses your personal vision-and prompts Dramatica to supply some answers of its own. Amazingly, it can show you which parts of your story are strong, and which need punching up!

2. Illustrate Your Story

Write specific examples of how each of your story decisions about character arc, theme, conflict, tension, story goal, plot points, etc. will play out in your story's scenes. At the click of a button, see how the great writers illustrated the same story points in their classic stories.

3. Create Scenes

Now you weave together all the parts of the story you've developed so far. Determine how elements of character, plot, and theme will be revealed to your audience over time, and place your written examples directly into specific Acts, Scenes, or Chapters. Your step outline or plot synopsis is complete, ready to be honed into a killer first draft!

The result of over 15 years of research and development, the Dramatica model of story has been embraced by writers, reviewers, and over 700 colleges and universities. After years of success, Dramatica just keeps on getting better -- and when you use it, so will your writing! Dramatica Pro 4.0 software includes:

Dramatica Desktop -- A collection of 12 clickable tiles that activate the key tools in Dramatica.

StoryGuide -- 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.

Character Casting -- Visualize your characters by casting them from your choice of over 500 icons. Name them from a database of over 5,000 unique names.

Build Characters -- 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.

Story Engine -- Dramatica's Story Engine takes you to the heart of your story, graphically showing you how the changing of one dramatic element ripples throughout your story and influences its structure. Explore your creative choices here as Dramatica interacts with you, intuitively changing the impact of your story on an audience.

Story Status -- Responding to your choices, Dramatica shows you what other character, plot, and themes issues you need to address, and in what order, to come out with a perfectly structured story. As each stage of Story development is completed, Dramatica gives you visual feedback on your progress, staying with your until your story is fully realized.

NEW FEATURES IN VERSION 4.0:

New Language -- The "Term Swap" preference turns dry, "Dramatica-speak" into plain English. Terms like Universe, Physics, and Preconscious, become Situation, Activity, and Impulsive Responses, plus many more!

New StoryGuide Paths -- Dramatica's step-by-step writing system handholds you all the way from initial idea to finished treatment. The new StoryGuide paths are shorter and simpler which helps you quickly turn your idea into a story and begin writing.

Structure Templates -- Unsure about structure? Want to bridge the gap between other traditional models of story you've studied and Dramatica's fresh approach to story? Dramatica's new structure templates further enhance the writing experience by giving practical suggestions. Open one of these template files to use a pre-built dramatic structure for your novel, screenplay, or short story-complete with instructions.

Specifications

Windows

  • Windows ME, 2000, NT, XP and Vista
  • 8 MB RAM
  • 20 MB of hard disk space

    <-- Macintosh

  • PowerPC G3 or greater
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or later (10.3 or later recommended) except 10.7 and 10.8
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 30 MB of hard disk space

    NOT COMPATIBLE with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion) -->

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    "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 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