Upload Structure

For those writers competent with the Dramatica theory of story, Subtext offers the ability to upload both the Story Engine Settings Report and the Plot Sequence Report from the Dramatica application.


The Story Engine Settings Report represents the Storyform for your narrative. This is the report you select when you Upload Structure.

The Plot Sequence Report is uploaded within the Narrative itself.

Saving the Story Engine Settings Report

Once you have determined your one Storyform within Dramatica, go to Reports > Advanced Reports > Story Engine Settings Report.

Be sure to turn off all the checkboxes above the report, and then if you're on a Mac, choose File > Export Report to generate an RTF version of your Story Engine Settings report. Take note of where this file is saved and proceed to the next step.

If you're running an older version of Dramatica, you'll be generating a TXT file. Don't worry--Subtext will recognize the difference. Again, Export the report, and take note of where that file is saved.

Uploading the Report

Choose the Upload Structure button within the Add Narratives view.

Uploading a Storyform

Enter a Narrative Title for this particular Storyform (anything will do), and then tap Choose File under the Story Engine Report tab.

Navigate to where Dramatica saved your Story Engine Settings report, and select that file.

Tap Upload and watch as Subtext magically converts your Storyform from Dramatica into Storybeats within Subtext.

Uploading the Plot Sequence Report

If you would like the ability to break your Storybeats down into even smaller, more detailed Beats you will need to upload the Plot Sequence Report from your Dramatica Storyform.


You must upload the Story Engine Settings report FIRST before trying to upload the Plot Sequence Report.

Follow the same instructions above for outputting the Story Engine Settings report, but this time navigate to Reports > Advanced Reports > Plot Sequence Report. Unselect the checkboxes above, and again, choose File > Export Report in order to generate the appropriate report.


Be sure not to accidentally choose the Using the Plot Sequence Material Report. This report is incompatible with Subtext.

Navigate to your Narrative within Subtext and tap the Advanced navigation tab at the bottom of that Narrative's card.

Uploading a Plot Sequence

If you haven't already uploaded a Plot Sequence Report, you'll see a button marked Add Sequences. Tap this button, navigate to the file you exported from Dramatica (the Plot Sequence Report, NOT the Story Engine Settings report), and tap Upload.

Subtext will import the Plot Sequence Report and change the button marked "Add Sequences" to Sequences Uploaded.

Sequences Added

With the Plot Sequence Report uploaded, you will now be able to break your larger Storybeats down into smaller beats using the Breakdown Beat button now located within your individual Storybeats.

NOTE: Some of the narrative structures that come with Subtext already have Sequences attached to them. Be sure to check out the Advanced tab before uploading.