I recently finished a draft of my Big Project and I’ve run out of other people’s Dramatica-themed content to consume, so I thought, why not make my own? I’m certainly no expert, but I DO love exploring story theory, and I’ve been itching to start sharing those explorations with other people.
I was originally thinking of making a video series for youtube, b/c there doesn’t seem to be much Dramatica-related content on there not made by either Melanie or Jim. Then I considered doing a podcast (easier to create), but I definitely don’t want to move in on Jim’s territory! I could start a blog, but honestly, I like talking more than I like writing, so . . . .
As for content, I’m torn between one of two things.
Creating an in-depth analysis of George Eliot’s Middlemarch, with a focus on exploring basic concepts of Dramatica story structure with examples from a public-domain masterwork.
Building a story from scratch using Dramatica. This would be an in depth examination of how I use DSE to structure a YA novel, with a focus on trying to introduce folks to basic concepts of story theory along the way. I would cover everything from story conception to an outline based of the PSR (and perhaps beyond, if people were interested).
Anyway, I would really appreciate feedback as to what, if any of this, would appeal to folks, especially people who are new to Dramatica. It bugs me that so many writers are missing out on the kind of depth Dramatica theory can provide to their stories, and I hope I could provide another resource for people trying to get their toe in the door.