a determination of the Main Character's mental operating system
Not enough that we have to determine whether or not the Main Character prefers to solve problems externally or internally through the Main Character Approach, we also have to figure out whether or not the Main Character solves problems linearly like most men, or holistically like most women. Usually this is as simple as selecting the one that most resembles how you yourself solve problems, but you can switch it up to make things more interesting. Setting this does all kinds of things in terms of determining the Act order of different Throughlines.
Main Character Problem-Solving Style
The path through narrative begins on one side of the internal/external fence and ends on the other.
Slight adjustments to the structure of your story can guarantee a larger audience.
Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.
The base operating system of a character signals to the Audience why the Main Character behaves a certain way, expecting certain results.
How a character thinks determines the order of Acts within a story.
The seemingly crazy ways your partner looks at the world could help you better understand story.
A simple way to look at the theory's eight essential dynamic story points of narrative.
In this episode we take a look at the Audience Appreciation known as Essence and search for a new way to define it that is easy to understand for writers new to Dramatica.
In this episode we take a look at Hell or High Water and then explain how writers can easily predict who will embrace their story and who will run for the hills.
The Dramatica theory of story is the only paradigm of story where the order of events carries with it as much meaning as the events themselves.
The Main Character of a story solves problems either step-by-step or by balancing inequities.
A quick take on last night's analysis and why some of us might check out before the film is over.
Determining the personal problem-solving style of the Main Character.
Much of what we are as individuals is learned behavior. Yet the basic operating system of the mind is cast biologically before birth. Talents, intellectual capacity, instincts -- all of these are not learned but inherited. Among these traits are those specific to females and others specific to males. To be sure, we can go a long way toward balancing out those traits yet that does not eliminate them nor diminish their impact. In dealing with the psychology of a Main Character, it is essential to understand upon which foundation his experience rests and the technique he uses to resolve problems he encounters.