There is so much I need to learn about Dramatica. It is so confusing because the actual algorithm is kept hidden. I don't know what affects what when and where and why.
I feel that the MC's journey is largely internal. He starts off the story at the very beginning in juvenile detention talking to a counselor about the day he found his 7 year old brother's dead body (the brother had fallen through the ice on a frozen lake right in front of the MC's eyes). We discover later (mid-novel) that the MC had coaxed his brother out to get a ball that landed out there. The MC had thought that his brother was small enough and lite enough that the ice wouldn't crack under him. The MC was 12 at the time. Now, the MC is facing the fact that he is destined to not only murder another person, but become evil. This is a pretty heavy internal journey and internal antagonist he has to deal with.
If the MC and IC journeys are internal, then the OS should be external.
Let's run with that.
I created a new document. I assigned the two internal domains to the MC. I then assigned "Activity" to the OS. That gives me
OS Domain: Activity
MC Domain: Fixed Attitude
IC Domain: Situation
RS Domain: Manipulation
That all looks good. Dramatica also selects the following for me.
Growth: Start is puzzling to me. I don't know what the MC is waiting for in his environment to start.
Some stuff that looks good includes
MC Signpost 1 Memories: The death of his brother and how it has impacted his family and himself
OS SIgnpost 1 either Gathering Information or Obtaining: The artifact
The two above give me
MC Signpost 2 Impulsive Responses: Not sure what to do with this yet
I'll just pick the following out
OS Concern Obtaining: Trying to reclaim the petrified shield back
Dramatic picks out
MC Concern Innermost Desires Not sure what to do with this yet
IC Concern The Future: Victory in Ragnarok is what the IC is pursuing. He's very, very concerned about the Future. So, this looks good, too.
RS Concern Changing One's Nature: This looks good as well.
So, to pick a few more out, I'll go with
MC Issue either Denial or Closure: Denial because he is engaged in self-denial and closure because he has never really had closure concerning his brother's death
IC Issue Openness: Because he is open to getting the MC's help despite everyone warning him not to
MC Problem Avoidance: Because he's afraid of what he might do
Dramatica fills in a lot now. I feel like I should probably take the time to justify what Dramatica has given me.