Plot Dynamic


in terms of the objective plot, actions force decisions

This dynamic defines where the Author sees the story developing from an objective point-of-view. In this case, that Plot Dynamic would be in terms of the objective plot, actions force decisions. For example:

  • a group of matrons illegally boards a diplomatic ship forcing an emperor to dissolve the Senate
  • a group of acrobats kills a tourist forcing the mayor to decide to shut down the town
  • a group of yeomen captures the head of a criminal organization forcing the remaining criminal elements to decide to work together

Original Dramatica® Definition:

All stories have both Action and Decision, however one will take precedence over the other. Typically, one defines an Action story as having more Action or more intense Action than a Decision story. This view is overly influenced by how the story is told rather than what it represents. Dramatica takes a different view of Action and Decision. Either Actions force the need for Decisions or Decisions force the need for Actions in order to advance the plot. Over the course of the story as a whole (independent of the nature of the Main Character), if Actions precipitate the progression of the plot, it is an Action story. The question to ask in regards to any particular story is which comes first to move the story along, not which is there more of. Action stories will begin with an Action, be marked at the beginning and end of every Act by an Action, and will end with a climactic Action. If it were not for unforced Actions taking place in an Action story, the story would dwindle until another Action occurred.

Storyform Connections

The following narratives share a similiar of Action:

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