Using Armando's method of creating scenes with Z-Patterns, I have three thematic arguments for a Signpost: Permission, Need Vs. Expediency, and Deficiency. The Issue of this Throughline is Wisdom, where its Counterpoint is Enlightenment. As I begin to explore these thematic arguments within my scenes, do they all need to reflect a thematic light on the Issue and Counterpoint, as well?
"Explore Permission in terms of Wisdom Vs. Enlightenment"
“Explore Need Vs. Expediency in terms of Wisdom Vs. Enlightenment"
“Explore Deficiency in terms of Wisdom Vs. Enlightenment"
Would this be the right approach?
Also, when using the Z-Pattern method of scene creation, do I only focus on the Signposts? Most of the Signposts are Z patterns, so I'll have 3 thematic arguments per Signpost; however, if I were to focus on both Signposts and Journeys, how would I separate them?
Would I explore the Signpost in terms of Permission and part of Need Vs. Expediency, and then use the Journey to explore the rest of Need Vs. Expediency and finish out with Deficiency? If the Z-Pattern were a Hairpin, it would be a lot easier to explore the Signpost and Journey, as the count of Thematic Arguments would only be two.
I would never want to make my story rigid and "crunched to the numbers", but a general explanation of how to explore the Signposts and Journeys in relation to the Thematic Arguments and Issue/Counterpoint would be beneficial.