Escape Writer’s Block and Generate Original Content Structure in Minutes Using the 31 Basic Dramatic Situations Common To All Fiction Stories
Content Structure for Dramatic Fiction has never been so simple and fast.
What if all story ideas were able to be boiled down to a single formula?
Wycliffe A. Hill had this idea in the 1930’s when no less than Cecil B. DeMille rejected one of his stories because “it had a good narrative, but no drama.” This led Hill to research what made a dramatic story. That study lead to a 1920’s author who claimed (based on even older research) that there were only 36 possible conflicts through all dramatic works.
Diving into the problem that the growing movie industry had for volume treatments to feed their industry, Hill’s name became synonymous with what Slate called the “Hollywood schlock machine.”
But Hill never intended it to become a mass-production device for plots. The original “Robot” he produced was to explore the idea of formulaic basis for stories. Not too long after, Joseph Campbell produced “monomyth” as the base for all stories. Chris Vogler then championed this idea to build scripts throughout Hollywood. And the Star Wars saga, as well as multiple Disney hits followed that generic model.
Hill himself cautioned against using the results on its own, but to use it as inspiration to ferret out new combinations of stories never before attempted. He claimed that author output had become hackneyed as they had been repeatedly explosed to the same few element combinations over and over.
For Dramatic Fiction, the work is already daunting. The author must start out with a well-developed synopsis that will hit all the plot-turns and pinch points. Using a random-humber generator and lists of the key elements to any fictional dramatic story, the Plot Wizard assists with creating a fresh dramatic synopsis, so that the inspiration and perspiration of the author can go to work.
Reviews tell of writers breaking through their Writer’s Block to find new inspiration for plots they had never imagined before. Hill notes that unfortunately, most stories tend to fall into paths other stories already travelled. This “Genie” enables fresh, new combinations of characters, obstacles, and climaxes never before seen on print or in movies.
It can at times propose some very amusing synopses. In fact, Hill mentions that it can also produce comedies.
Robert Silverberg reviewed Hill’s work and recommended:
“Pick one up, follow the instructions, write your story. You might just find that a grand literary career is unfolding for you in a wondrous, magical way.”
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