Note: I am not writing this as a story expert. This is my unqualified and unverified opinion and I stand to be corrected.
I’ve noticed that every dramatica element has a positive and negative charge to it.
Projection – [Element] – dyn.pr. Speculation< >Projection – an extension of probability into
the future – Projection is a means of anticipating events and situations by extending the line
of how things have been happening into the future.
Positive/Solution - Restoring a balance: A character that represents Projection has a good grasp of what he might look for in things to come.
Negative/Problem - Causing an imbalance However, this character will give great weight to past experience so abrupt changes in direction might be ignored until it is too late. – syn. anticipation, how things will be, most likely, probable
Jim Hull writes: An effective Author defines how the story point is a problem.
I think a more accurate statement would be that An effective Author defines how the story point is an inequity.
An inequity is an imbalance between two or more things.
In an inequity we have a positive and negative. A solution and problem.
An even more accurate statement would be that An effective Author defines how the story point is a problem and a solution.
I feel it is a more holistic way of story encoding.
Story encoding should look more like this I’d suggest:
**How is pursuit a solution or a positive thing? What outcomes does pursuit as a solution lead to? **
How is pursuit a restorer of balance or how is pursuit trying to rebalance issues?
How is pursuit a problem or a negative thing? What outcomes does pursuit as a problem lead to?
How is pursuit a cause of imbalance in the story?
I feel like the order of these can be interchanged in terms of how you express them.
I dare to say that the more holistic approach to story encoding is to illustrate a story point as
both a problem and a solution.
Chris Huntley actually mentions something to that effect.
How does same dramatica element trying to restore a balance – rebalance – How is same dramatica element a restorer of balance?
How is the same dramatica element a cause of imbalance – or how is same dramatica element an imbalance?
I feel like Encoding works better when you think in terms of positive and negative as opposed to problem and solution though one can still think that way - maybe apply different words in terms of reflecting an imbalance, problem or solution, right thing, or wrong