For those writers competent with the Dramatica theory of story, Subtext offers the ability to upload both the Story Engine Settings Report and the Plot Sequence Report from the Dramatica application.
The Story Engine Settings Report represents the Storyform for your narrative. This is the report you select when you Upload Structure.
The Plot Sequence Report is uploaded within the Narrative itself.
Saving the Story Engine Settings Report
Once you have determined your one Storyform within Dramatica, go to
Reports > Advanced Reports > Story Engine Settings Report.
Be sure to turn off all the checkboxes above the report, and then if you're on a Mac, choose
File > Export Report to generate an RTF version of your Story Engine Settings report. Take note of where this file is saved and proceed to the next step.
If you're running an older version of Dramatica, you'll be generating a TXT file. Don't worry--Subtext will recognize the difference. Again, Export the report, and take note of where that file is saved.
Uploading the Report
Upload Structure button within the Add Narratives view.
Narrative Title for this particular Storyform (anything will do), and then tap
Choose File under the Story Engine Report tab.
Navigate to where Dramatica saved your Story Engine Settings report, and select that file.
Upload and watch as Subtext magically converts your Storyform from Dramatica into Storybeats within Subtext.
Uploading the Plot Sequence Report
If you would like the ability to break your Storybeats down into even smaller, more detailed Beats you will need to upload the Plot Sequence Report from your Dramatica Storyform.
You must upload the Story Engine Settings report FIRST before trying to upload the Plot Sequence Report.
Follow the same instructions above for outputting the Story Engine Settings report, but this time navigate to
Reports > Advanced Reports > Plot Sequence Report. Unselect the checkboxes above, and again, choose
File > Export Report in order to generate the appropriate report.
Be sure not to accidentally choose the
Using the Plot Sequence Material Report. This report is incompatible with Subtext.
Navigate to your Narrative within Subtext and tap the
Advanced navigation tab at the bottom of that Narrative's card.
If you haven't already uploaded a Plot Sequence Report, you'll see a button marked
Add Sequences. Tap this button, navigate to the file you exported from Dramatica (the Plot Sequence Report, NOT the Story Engine Settings report), and tap
Subtext will import the Plot Sequence Report and change the button marked "Add Sequences" to
With the Plot Sequence Report uploaded, you will now be able to break your larger Storybeats down into smaller beats using the
Breakdown Beat button now located within your individual Storybeats.
NOTE: Some of the narrative structures that come with Subtext already have Sequences attached to them. Be sure to check out the Advanced tab before uploading.