Overall Story Problem

the source of the Overall Story's problems


This is it. The whole reason why all the characters in a story come into conflict with another. The Overall Story Problem begins with the initial Story Driver and continues until someone resolves it with the Overall Story Solution. Discover this Problem and your story will never falter for a lack of drive. Overall Story points are boring to describe because they're objective and devoid of emotion. That's a good thing--no place for feelings in objectivity.

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Overall Story Problem



Official Dramatica® Definition:

Of all the Elements, there is a single one that describes the essence of the story's problem. The inclusion of this element in an Overall Story Character identifies him as the Main or Impact Character. This is because it makes that character the only one who can solve both the Overall and Relationship problems in a single stroke by addressing the problem (changing).