While trying to figure out holistic problem solving, I came across this article again.
Now that I understand Dramatica a good bit more than last time i saw it, I found it a bit more helpful in distinguishing between holistic and linear problem solving. Particularly the list illustrating the differences. So I wanted to try to use the list to come up with what each might look like in a story. I've put that list below. Feel free to share thoughts. Is it helpful? Am I still a bit misguided? Any feedback at all.
(I rearranged the order from the way it appears in the article to place Linear first)
Linear Problem-Solving Style: looks at purposes - The giant monster is angry and trying to destroy the city. To stop it from destroying the city, the monster must be run off or destroyed.
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: looks at motivations - The giant monster is really like a child that wants to play. If we play with it, it'll stop destroying the city.
Linear Problem-Solving Style: tries to gather evidence - looks for email correspondence with a known terrorist that suggests where the next attack might be
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: tries to see connections - looks at all the locations that have already been attacked to discover a pattern (all the attacks have been in cafe's, or all the attacks have happened within a five mile radius of X)
(this one's tricky, not sure I nailed it)
Linear Problem-Solving Style: sets up requirements - If you have a clear shot, you are required to take it
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: sets up conditions - only take the shot if the target poses an imminent threat
Linear Problem-Solving Style: breaks a job into steps - if I start dressing this way, and start speaking that way, and get interested in these things, then she will like me
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: determines the leverage points that can restore balance - If he sees me hanging out with other boys, he'll think they like me which will make him see me as more attractive
Linear Problem-Solving Style: seeks satisfaction - "She's the one-the lucky girl i'm going to marry...the most beautiful girl in town...don't I deserve the best?"
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: seeks fulfillment "There must be more than this provincial life!"
Linear Problem-Solving Style: concentrates on “How” and “What” - How did the dead body end up in a locked room, and what was the cause of death?
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: concentrates on “Why” and “When” - (this one is also tricky) Why kill someone and leave them in a locked room without making it look like a suicide and what time could this have happened without someone seeing?
Linear Problem-Solving Style: argues the issues - when you see a bear you should run...
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: puts the issues in context - ...unless the bear is close and you can't get to a safe spot before he outruns you. Then you need to back slowly away and make a lot of noise while keeping your eyes on him.
(I'm at a loss on this one)
Linear Problem-Solving Style: tries to pull it all together
Holistic Problem-Solving Style: tries to hold it all together