Blog Post

Starting to Build an Argument

Jul 26th, 2018

Helping writers write more meaningful stories. That’s the purpose of the Dramatica theory of story.

To achieve this goal, Dramatica provides the Author a storyform; a unique collection of seventy-five Storypoints that together—help communicate a meaningful message.

In short, Dramatica helps you argue your point-of-view.

But you need to know where you stand on the issues brought up in your story. You don’t argue the storyform—you use the storyform to frame your argument.

What Do You Want to Say

When starting to build your argument you may be tempted-like me—to write out both sides of the argument, pros and cons for either side.

Don’t do this.

Pick a side and jot down why that approach is better. Then list why the other side is worse.

Take a stand.

Argue your position.

As the saying goes: If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything—which is no bueno when it comes to story.

When you argue the pros of both sides, you’re saying there is no objective truth. This might be true in real life—but stories aren’t real life.

They’re vehicles for arguments.