I first used Dramatica on a story I had been thinking about and working on for a while. I had a relatively good grasp on the underlying drives and concepts of what I was trying to write but knew Dramatica would help and change my writing, and thinking, in ways I did not yet know.
The excitement I felt when, having answered the 12 questions to set up a story form, all the other aspects of my story, from IC, to RS, critical flaw to costs and requirements,and many more, were all there as I had already though or illustrated them, as if Dramatica knew my story better than I did already, as if Dramatica had read my story or predicted where it was heading. I was literally shaking for a couple of minutes.
I took two things away from that experience-
One was that I felt all my hard work and struggles to write had not been in vain, and that I did have some instinct for writing.
And two, that Dramtica worked. It was the real deal. Like when I read the 'Double Helix' many years ago, the book about the discovery of DNA, that things only truly fit together one way, and we just have to be able to see it.
Enough rambling in my first contribution. I love Dramatica, and these discussions around it. And Jim Hull, thank you so much for all you do.