Thanks for the notes Chris.
Chris Huntley wrote:The plot scenes number 28 comes from four signposts plus three journeys in each of the four throughlines ((4+3) x 4 = 28).
Sure, I follow that.
Chris Huntley wrote:The theme scenes number 24 comes from the six combinations of themes (varations) in each of the four throughlines (6 x 4 = 24). In both cases, scenes are created by limiting each scene to either a plot or theme exploration.
I don't quite understand this.
I'm finding it difficult to follow without examples and/or diagrams and/or detailed notes.
Is all this explained in the Dramatica (10th Edition) book? I have the book.
I've spent several hours browsing the Dramatica site to find examples of the "24" being explained, but so far without success.
Chris Huntley wrote:The concept is that you should explore all areas of a storyform to make a grand argument. The practicality is that a story rarely is explored in such a simple fashion. Scenes most often are multi-layered and contain parts of story points, such as the Main Character Signpost 1 explored over the course of several scenes instead of just one.
Okay. That's helpful to know.
I think I'll just go ahead and use the ...
(4 signposts + 3 Journeys) X 4 Throughlines = 28 Scenes
... approach as a starting point. Then just "go with the flow" for a while - working it all out the way that feels right.
I've got my Story Engine settings bedded down (with help from Armando), and by this stage I'm way overloaded on Theory.
Time to move on!
I'll do a deeper Dramatica Treatment when I work on the next episode of this series of tales.