Overall Story Throughline

the plot as it concerns the story goal


When you step outside of a story and look at all the characters as "Them", you are looking at the Overall Story Throughline. From here the characters look more like functions rather than actual people. Protagonist. Antagonist. Guardian. Skeptic. Their roles within the story take center stage from this perspective. When you think of a story, you're thinking of the Overall Story Throughline.

Narrative First

Overall Story Throughline




  • Connecting the Main Character to the Overall Story

    In this episode, I cover the importance of connecting the Main Character's problem with the Overall Story problem & a method for constructing the Narrative Argument of your story.

  • Arrival & The Zero-Sum Game

    In this episode we make the connection between Arrival and the holistic approach to story structure offered by the Dramatica theory of story.

  • The Best Picture of 2016 Doesn't Have a Story

    In this, our first episode of the second season of the Narrative First Podcast, we catch up on all things story structure & story analysis including a look into the Oscar winner for Best Picture in 2016.

  • The Crucial Element to Telling a Great Story

    In this, our final episode of the 2016 season, we discuss the most important part of any story--the intersection of the objective and subjective points-of-view.

  • The Difference Between Star Trek and Star Wars

    In this episode we look at the differences between Star Trek and Star Wars from a Dramatica point-of-view; looking at the structural differences in their narratives.


Official Dramatica® Definition:

The Overall Story Line is a distinct act by act sequence of events that involves all of the Overall Throughline Story Points and none of the Relationship Throughline Story Points. It represents the dispassionate argument of the story, emphasizing events and relationships in a purely cause and effect way. This is not to say that it has nothing to do with the meaning of a story, only that it is not the WHOLE story. Meaning in stories comes from comparing the Objective view of a story with the Subjective view that comes from within the story.