Well… kind of:)
For the first time, after all this years I was able to develop and write a story with Dramatica.
The story itself is nothing amazing at all but this experience is, and I’m going to use it for other stories. I had my ‘click’ moment and I was surprised for so many times how well the storyform can assist, especially when something was missing. And few times I had a scene progression in my head and I was surprised how well storyform fits in.
Maybe I was wrong in some cases, maybe I understood something or did something in wrong way. Maybe some concepts were omitted or underdeveloped. Maybe, but still I was able to use it and learn.
I will share my experience with more details here to have it as a kind of guide for myself, but also to share it. This is for sure not the only way to write a story but maybe it help some of you to answer some questions, have new ideas or make a progress. Or to correct my mistakes
In my case the story ended as a ‘broken novel’ - around 120000 characters with spaces and to be honest it’s more like raw material awaiting for additional work. At some point I decided to do it that way just to finish work in ‘proof of concept mode’ because it is to short for real novel (and taking under consideration the whole idea, it is probably not a candidate for a novel) and to long for a short story. I have a plan to redevelop it into short story with Dramatica later, to have 20K-30K characters.
Few words about tools.
The first one is Dramatica, what a surprise. Another tool is virtual card board for writers. The one I use provides feature to have multiple boards for a single cards set. This way it is possible to write a card for a scene just once and then work with the same scenes in multiple boards to find the best order - at least during brainstorming phase. The same tool has built-in editor with word counter and side pane for cards, so it is easy to maintain current work. Unfortunately there is no proofing tool for my native language, so I used regular word processor. Still card handling is magic
And what is most amazing experience, possibly for newbies first, Dramatica does not kill creativity. I would say, with no creativity Dramatica means nothing. It helps but does not replace.
I would split the story in three parts:
- pre Dramatica stage,
- Dramatica stage,
- post Dramatica stage,
I have moved between the last two forth and back for a few times.
I’ll put the story with more details in the next posts.