I decided to lay out the plot of my storyform with the sequences stacked inside the acts -- and something amazing happened. I could suddenly think of what was happening in my story holistically on the sequence level and how the sequences connected to the acts -- how what was going on in the different throughlines connected so beautifully into a single plot. My ability to brainstorm was instantly boosted.
Obviously, I'm not saying all the throughlines go through the acts in perfect synchronicity. But I remember reading somewhere that often the same action in a story can encode several throughlines at the same time, and I can definitely see that with the sequences stacked. I feel like having the names of the sequences close to each other for me to read helps in seeing the plot as a one happening instead of: "OK, now what's going on with Work, Attraction, Repulsion and Attempt?" Now, I see the question as more like: "What's going on with Sense of Self, Destiny, Enlightenment and Falsehood? OH! I got it... They all connect!"
So, I'm wondering why isn't this a feature in the Dramatica software? I would definitely see myself having it as my favorite tool after arriving at a single storyform.
Sci-fi - Act sequence.pdf (116.7 KB)