Thanks. I'm embarrassed because it's about the same story I'm always asking about (so I feel like an indecisive fool), but approaching it from "what message do you want to say?" rather than by what happens in the story sounds like a good way to go for me at this point, although as mlucas points out, both approaches have their place. I'm reminded of the phrase "write drunk, edit sober."
Just a suggestion about Subtext-- it would be cool if after uploading a storyform if the app pulled the story points and arranged them into a statement like that. Maybe it could put in gists that the user chose, that way people could check to see if their storyform's structure says what they want to say.
Anyway, I'm thinking of:
Crucial Element/MC Solution: Pursuit
Which I imagine works with a statement like: "If you start Pursuing your desires, you may not Succeed at getting what you want, but will find peace" (whether or not you succeed or fail, it's better to try and know than be left pining and wondering "what if...?")
Crucial Element/MC Problem: Avoidance
"If you stop avoiding your fears, you can Succeed at living a fulfilling life." Finding a Story Goal for "fulfilling life" sounds... nebulous. Innermost Desires? Do I have those two Storyform-to-English examples right?
I saw another, older article about how you can make a central conflict for a story by thinking of a true statement, then thinking of a context in which it isn't true and, from how I understood it, one of those both-true-but-conflicting statements is MC's POV and the other is IC's. If so, can you use those to determine the best appreciations to assign for those throughlines?