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Deciding story point elevation amounts. How? Evaluation?

Posted: Mar 08, 2016 7:01 pm
by adambein
How does one know how high to elevate a story point? Is this based on other elements-theme for example (this comes to mind first). How does one know when the dosage is enough/the amount of elevation of a story point is enough? Is there a way to evaluate this-or better yet, is there a way to assess and evaluate if one has elevated a story point too high or not enough? After all, ya' don't want to overdose your Reader.

For example. Let's say a worm named 'Mike' wanders into a pizza place and into the pizza oven. As the oven heats up with Mike the Worm in it...

In concept storyform 'A', Mike the Worm discusses his past just a little bit, the present just a little bit, how things are unfolding now just a little bit, but the future a LOT.

In concept storyform 'B' of the same story, Mike the Worm gives an absolutely riveting account of his past. He discusses little of the present, the future, and how things are unfolding now.

In concept storyform 'C' of the same story, Mike the Worm discusses little about his past, little about the present, little about the future, but a LOT about how things are unfolding now. Given the heat in the pizza oven, one can see why.

Based upon what does one determine at which level one outta make of each story point? How does one evaluate the result of each? Is this relational to other factors a story or the medium? Which ones? Time (in film & TV) I would imagine. Audience.

Mike the Worm a Short Story Story Point Amounts2.jpg

Re: Deciding story point elevation amounts. How? Evaluatio

Posted: Mar 16, 2016 9:41 am
by Chris Huntley
There is no formula for emphasis. Emphasis items that are of greater interest to you, or you believe are of greater interest to the audience. Some story points need more explanation because they may be subtle, or culturally unfamiliar to your audience. Other story points need only a brief exposure to the audience because they follow normal expectations or are otherwise familiar.

Use your writer's instincts to play with emphasis. It's one of the key areas writers have to put their signatures on their works.