Okay I'm going to write this really quickly because it's taking me away from my actual writing, but I just had to share this somewhere. (I keep saying I need to start my own blog where I can post at will about how awesome Dramatica is!)
So I've been working on my outline for my epic fantasy story, it's been going super well ever since Jim (@jhull) helped me zero on the narrative structure. Anyway, in Act 3 (out of 4) my MC Caitlin gets broken out of prison. I had put "the escape goes badly" in my outline without a clear idea why or how it went badly, I just knew there needed to be problems. I also knew that one of the guys that helps break her out, Herr Lewan, is actually a good-guy posing as a guard.
Anyway, today I was going for a walk and envisioned a scene that happens before the break-out, where some of the guards are about to molest/rape her, and H. Lewan steps in and convinces them not to, saying she is a witch and is seducing them with her witchy powers. After they leave her cell, he pretends to beat Caitlin up, whispering to "make your screams convincing or I'll have to hit you a lot harder".
And that was it ... that was all I envisioned. Maybe a little cliched, but seemed cool. But when I got home and re-read the dictated Evernote, my Dramatica senses started tingling. My OS Problem/Symptom/Response is Oppose/Hinder/Help, and this was a pretty great example of this -- H. Lewan disagrees with the idea of her being raped, sees that they have her boxed in, and decides to help. But then I realized, okay if this a Response of Help that is motivated by Oppose, it means there needs to be some additional conflict generated by it!
Then it hit me, the "escape goes badly" part -- that could easily be related to this! What if one of the guards wasn't so easily convinced by the "witchy powers" and false smack-down ... he might now be on the alert for trouble and be the one to raise the alarm unexpectedly quickly when H. Lewan helps her escape... This is perfect! I love how Dramatica seems to help me tie everything together like this. So cool!
1: I enrolled in Jim's mentorship program in August. Funny enough, the story point he's helped me with the most that I totally did NOT get before and has made the biggest impact to my outline? Story Driver!
2: She's definitely hindered from defending herself by being a prisoner. But another, possibly better encoding for Symptom of Hinder is that H. Lewan knows there may be an escape attempt soon -- and if these bastards injure her it could really undermine the escape.