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Dramatica is a theory of storyform creation that forces the writer through various choices to narrow down the potential storyform until it's manageable. It postulates that every story is the exploration of an argument from multiple angles, until a single solution is discovered and used.
Dramatica tends to work best when used as a brainstorming tool to help identify problems in a narrative, though it can be followed with quite a bit of detail to provide a workable outline. Dramatica doesn't always apply, but when it does it can be an excellent source of insight into the dreaded "what's your theme?" question.
They've stuffed most of their theory into a comic book version that's pretty easy to follow.
Oh yeah, and don't confuse them with the troll wiki Encyclopaedia Dramatica. Just don't, okay?
Main Character vs. Impact Character
Dramatica divides the storyline into the external tale (protagonist vs. antagonist) and the emotional connection (viewpoint character vs. impact character). The viewpoint character is the one we most closely identify with, and the impact character is the one who prompts the viewpoint character to change. (For simplicity, let's call the main character "the Hero" for the rest of this synopsis. Not that they have to be heroic or anything, but it's easier.)
This division is quite helpful in stories where we see through the eyes of someone who isn't the main mover and shaker in the tale: To Kill a Mockingbird, Moby-Dick, Sherlock Holmes, and the like.
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The Matrix
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Alien (Franchise)
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A Christmas Carol
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Moby-Dick
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Sherlock Holmes
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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The X-Files

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