the kind of activity focused upon in the effort to solve the story's problem
What starts, stops, and moves a story forward--this is the realm of the Story Driver. Do Actions drive Decisions or do Decisions drive Actions? The answer is yes. And like the conundrum of the chicken and the egg and which one comes first, an author dealing with narrative has to determine which came first. Cool pro tip: all your major plot point will be of the same type--either all Actions or all Decisions.
Tying Act Turns to the source of conflict ensures integrity in the narrative.
The Main Character's personal problems define the flow of energy through a story.
The Dramatica theory of story makes it easy for Authors to determine what is of utmost concern to their Main Characters--if you understand what Dramatica is asking.
It can be misleading to suggest that Bond works against a successful resolution.
Two directors resulted in two stories masquerading as one.
Stories begin with an inequity; one that doesn't have to be tied to the central character.
Sometimes, the efforts to resolve a situation would only make matters worse.
Many confuse the Inciting Incident with the 2nd major plot point of a narrative. Understanding when the problem of the story starts can set an author straight.
The idea of the MacGuffin was never intended to be, nor should it ever be, taken seriously.
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 key story events that shift a narrative from one contextual Act to the next.
An introduction to the development of the Dramatica theory of story and Narrative First.
In this episode we cover the tendency of the Main Character's personal problems to either build-up dramatic resistance or facilitate a greater flow throughout the story.
Insight into how to really use Dramatica to increase the level on conflict in every story. Also, an analysis of the Angry Birds movie, and follow-up!
The Main Characters of these films possess the same problematic narrative element at the heart of their individual Throughlines.
An older article from the Vault explains the importance of clearly defining the start of a story.
A popular term of story matters little in the final analysis.
> The subjective nature of the Inciting Incident prevents it from being an effective tool for structuring a story.
While simple and sublime in its choice of thematic material, Kramer vs. Kramer reveals some key insights into how great stories work.
Updated and refurbished, the most looked-at article on this site gets updated by returning it to its original publishing status.
Ancient beliefs die hard.
Plot points share a common factor within complete stories.
The order of plot points dictates the feel of a story.
Action or Decision describes how the problem of the Story will primarily be explored. The primary concern is the kind of storytelling you want to do. If you want action to be the focus of your storytelling, choose action. If you want deliberation to be the focus of your storytelling, choose decision. It's that simple.