When working through illustrating story forms I’ve almost always put great efforts into illistrating Concern and almost none into story drivers. Drivers were really an after thought, if a thought at all. And they always felt a bit like putting together a piece of machinery and finding there were a few parts left over. Surely they were important and belonged somewhere, but darned if I knew where or how to force them in without taking everything apart again.
Having already illustrated the concerns, the story drivers always left me feeling like I was really stretching for a way to cause an action to lead to a decision (or vice verse) that would let me deal with whatever Concern is already illustrated. But the last few days I’ve been toying with a side project and decided to look at the drivers first. It just makes sense, after all, since the drivers are what drive the story into the next set of concerns.
What I found was that coming up with the drivers first allows for one to more naturally push the story toward, say, a Plot Concern of Learning whereas the previous method of illustrating Concerns based on the Domain often felt random or disconnected. It’s easy to say “Learning is going to look like this” and then discover that what i’m trying to set up doesn’t really explore Learning as a source of conflict or doesn’t really seem to match the message I’m tryimg to get across. But when I illustrate the story driver first, how the story is naturally driven to explore Learning as a source of conflict, things no longer feel random or disconnected from the domain, and the conflict feels more natural to both the story and the story message.
Anyway, there’s no big revelation there or anything, just a personal breakthrough, I guess, that I was excited about sharing.