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Plot Sequence Report
by Melanie Anne Phillips
A Dramatica User Asks...
In my Storyform reports in Dramatica Pro, ACT I in the Objective Storyline
says: "The Past is explored in terms of Rationalization, Obligation,
Commitment, and Responsibility." So, here’s the question. The Past is a
Universe Type. Rationalization, Obligation, etc., are Psychology Variations.
Does that mean that I should look at the objective characters’ purposes in
terms of their motivations with regard to the psychology variations?
Purposes and Motivations aren’t really pertinent to the Objective Story’s
Thematic arenas. Rather than looking at what the Characters are doing, keep in
mind that the Objective Throughline represents a point of view for the audience.
From the objective view they will see not only characters, but plot, theme, and
genre as well. Of course, this is most clearly seen in the Storyforming stage,
and from encoding onward, the view may not be as consistent or clear.
So the point is, forget about characters when using this report and consider
the whole point of view. Using the report this way means that the Act itself
centers on an exploration of the Past. In other words, when you are exploring
the grand scheme of the big picture of your story in an arm’s distance sort of
way that gives the audience a change to look at the dynamics involved without
being personally involved, THEN you will be examining the Past, in Act 1.
Another way to say this is that all four throughlines will have an area
around which they center in Act 1. The Past will be one of those four items that
serve as the focus of attention for the audience. In your story, in Act 1, the
Past will be looked at Objectively (or impersonally, though not necessarily
Now we add in the thematics. What kind of things about the Past will the
audience be looking at? Or, turned around a bit, what measuring sticks will be
used to judge things that happened in the Past? The answer is: Rationalization,
Obligation, Commitment, and Responsibility. These four items describe more
specifically than just the notion of "The Past" the areas of interest
in the Past that Act 1 will explore most closely from an Objective point of
So, look at the wide-ranging plot events, the behaviors that affect or are
exhibited by all your characters, the overall genre of your story as it develops
in Act 1, and then see that from an Objective sense. Your audience will see
these things as all revolving around the Past and being examined in terms of
Rationalization, Obligation, Commitment, and Responsibility.
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About Dramatica and
What They Do
Dramatica is a tool to help you
build a perfect story structure. StoryWeaver is a tool to help you build
your story's world.
Dramatica focuses on the underlying logic of your
story, making sure there are no holes or inconsistencies.
focuses on the creative process, boosting your inspiration and guiding it to add
depth, detail and passion to your story.
How They Do It
Dramatica has the world's only
patented interactive Story Engine™ which cross-references your answers to
questions about your dramatic intent, then finds any weaknesses in your
structure and even suggests the best ways to strengthen them.
StoryWeaver uses a revolutionary new
creative format as you follow more than 200 Story Cards™ step by step through
the story development process. You'll design the people who'll inhabit
your story's world, what happens to them, and what it all means.
How They Work Alone
By itself Dramatica appeals to
structural writers who like to work out all the details of their stories
logically before they write a word.
By itself, StoryWeaver appeals to
intuitive writers who like to follow their Muse and develop their stories as
How They Work
But, the finished work of a
structural writer can often lack passion, which is where StoryWeaver can help.
And the finished work of an intuitive writer can often lack direction, which is
where Dramatica can help.
So, while each kind of writer will
find one program or the other the most initially appealing, both kinds of
writers can benefit from both programs.
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