In a side project, I’m working on creating some short stories integrating them into a CYOA type of larger narrative. For YA/adult.
There are eight different “endings” to the story, mixed ++/±/-+/–.
So, my first question is, if I want to keep as close as I can to Dramatica theory, how should I structure the different levels of my flowchart?
I plan to work backwards from a +/+ premise, then change the story structure at plot points/choices.
First of all, it sounds like a nightmare to try to integrate Dramatica theory.
- If I limit it to the bare surface of SIGNPOST units, 16 steps per storyline, and make the “choices” one or another type of
signpost, I might be able to make it happen. Same Domains, Goal/Concern and Issue for all of them, (OS-Universe/Future, MC-Activity/Obtaining).
- The signposts matter more for continuity at the beginning. If I start the OS on Present on all, I can have my first set of choices lead toward the different SPs.
Any comments or advice? (ie: “don’t do it.”)
Second question (face-palm, but I have to ask)
Would this technically be an action driver story? Since decisions are emphasized? Or do decisions force actions?