Hello everybody. I'm sorry for not responding for a while. I've been busy this week because my cousin is getting married in a couple of days, and my family and I are making sure we're prepared for the wedding. Its pretty hectic, but when the day happens, it will be worth it
I've also been working a bit on that story/non-story with my friend, and trying for me to find a good storyform for it. And to figure out what questions to ask because I was scared of revealing too much. Don't want anyone stealing our ideas. xD
But I realised that I need to stop. What I am doing with my friend is a creative exercise. I shouldn't worry too much about trying to make a perfect, or good structure. Its just something that we are doing for fun.
And I also gotta confess something else. I've been studying the theory for a few years, but from a more surface level way by reading articles from the Narrative First, Dramatica, and Dramaticapedia websites, and watching the User Group meetings for films... most of them I either haven't watched or haven't watched in a while. I am not entirely convinced that every story needs an Influence Character or Relationship Story. I still don't even understand the RS that much, and the whole thing about the MC and IC being perspectives, and not characters has thrown me off a little. The reason why I don't understand fully is because I have never gone deep. I've never given myself the chance coz I was in a fundamentalist Christian religion when I was in Year 11 and 12, and nowadays I've... gotten caught up in things that didn't matter.
I am fascinated by the theory though, and I am willing to study it more closely.
However after hearing Jim's latest podcast, and further internalising what I have read over the years, I have realised that yes, stories do reflect the mind's problem solving process. Its not something I fully consciously believe, but instinctively I am getting the feeling that its true. Jim also mentioned how the great writers have always known this instinctively. Part of me wants to delve deeper into the theory, but another part of me wants to see if I can figure it out purely by instinct.
If I do choose to figure it out by instinct, what are the ways in which I can go about doing it?
And if I choose to keep further studying the theory, what can I do to help me understand it better, and see if every story needs the 4 throughlines?