Here’s how I might start with a statement of conflict and get to a storyform.
My statement of conflict is going to be “The pen is mightier than the sword, and yet actions speak louder than words”. Basically, one can work through the spreading of thoughts and ideas, or one can work through physically taking action. Both, under the proper context, are true, and yet in every context one of them must be false.
For this story, I want to argue that taking the perspective that the pen is mightier than the sword is the way to success. That means that I see the perspective of action speaking louder than words as the problem. Taking action sounds a lot like Physics, so I’ll put the OS in Physics. The pen being mightier than the sword just sings to me about changing minds and spreading ideas so that works perfectly for an RS of Psychology. With that alignment, the OS can take up the solution element and achieve the goal by essentially switching to the Psychology perspective. Hopefully that checks out theory wise.
From there, to make this as short as possible, I’ll skip down to the Problem quad. The reason people in the OS are driven to take action is because they want Results. This problem will be solved when they embrace a process.
I want to tell people who prefer to take action that if they stop for a second and try another path, they might find success. A growth of Stop puts the MC into Universe and a resolve of Change gives the MC a problem of Result.
Because I don’t want to say that this path will automatically solve all your problems, that it could in fact leave you with several, Ill let the characters judge their success as Bad. I don’t care about how fast you take action or take up your pen. I care more about how many options you look at, so we’ll lock that in.
Let’s say that in order to succeed, they will need to stop thinking in black and white and see more shades of gray. If we set the MC to linear and let it align with a holistic IC, that should work nicely. And because I want this story to be about people making the right decision, we’ll let Decisions drive Actions. A bad decision will set the problem off, but a good one should bring a successful end to inequity.
Amd with that we’ve got our story engine settings of Change, Stop, Do-er, Linear, Decision, Optionlock, Success, Bad, Physics, Doing, Enlightenment, Result.