Dramatica looks at story
1. EVERY STORY HAS 4 VIEWPOINTS
To create a complete story in Dramatica, you'll need to tell your story from four distinct viewpoints:
1) The Main Character viewpoint shows the story through the eyes of the main character only.
2) The Impact Character viewpoint shows the story through the eyes of the character who is attempting to change the Main Character 's basic nature.
3) The Overall Story viewpoint shows all the characters and events in the story from a dispassionate bird’s- eye view.
4) The MC / IC viewpoint focuses on the relationship and passionate conflict between the Main and Impact characters.
2. EVERY STORY CONTAINS FOUR AREAS OF CONFLICT
Furthermore, to create a complete story in Dramatica, you’ll need to describe four areas of Conflict.
1) Conflict in an Activity or Endeavor involves characters in an ongoing, changing enterprise—such as the search for the Holy Grail.
2) Conflict in a Situation has characters dealing with a fixed state of affairs—such as being blind or stranded on a deserted island.
3) Conflict with a Fixed Attitude involves characters affected by bias or prejudice in their outlook toward something—such as expressing blanket statements about race, creed, sex, etc.
4) Conflict involving Manipulation draws characters into an evolving or changing attitude, whether caused by deliberation or manipulation—such as a faculty brainwashing its students.
3. MATCH VIEWPOINTS TO AREAS OF CONFLICT
Matching a Viewpoint with an area of Conflict creates a Throughline. Illustrating each area of Conflict from their respective viewpoints ensures a complete and consistent story without plot holes.
VIEWPOINT + AREA OF CONFLICT = THROUGHLINE
In the film Casablanca, the Overall Story viewpoint coupled with Activity creates the Overall Story Throughline—all the characters are involved in escaping from Casablanca. The Main vs. Impact viewpoint, coupled with a Manipuation as the area of conflict, creates the Main vs.Impact Story Throughline—In order to change Rick into a caring, loving man again, Ilsa emotionally manipulates him (even though it dooms their romance.)
The diagram below shows how the 4 Viewpoints and 4 areas of Conflict are matched up in Casablanca. Use the chart on the back to review your story.
Certain relationships exist among Viewpoints, and also among areas of Conflict. These relationships are called Dynamic Pairs. Review the diagram below. Notice that Viewpoints and areas of Conflict have specific relationships to one another.
Overall Story is always diagonally opposite Main vs. Impact.
Main Character is always diagonally opposite Impact Character.
Situation type is always diagonally opposite Fixed Attitude.
Activity is always diagonally opposite Manipulation.
To ensure dramatically interesting stories, Dramatica automatically determines the dynamic pair of any Viewpoint or Plot type that you assign.