Quick background: I’ve had the good fortune to publish 7 novels (6 with big publisher, 1 with small press) since 2009. So, I’m not new to story, but I’m new to Dramatica and ready to work, learn, and push myself to be better.
I bought the program last year and despite eagerly diving in, I was simply overwhelmed by this new way of working. I set it aside. Deciding to take a new direction with a new project, I bought a book about Dramatica for Screenplays. I’m diving in again, and this time, the overwhelm has been less, but still daunting. A small part of my project was already written, which I thought would help me learn/reinforce this new process, so I’ve gone back and tried to plug in my story pieces according to the story form print-out, adjust the story to better meet the new structure criteria. (Not so different from the reverse-engineering way many of you have examined films - which has been helpful to a point.) The terminology and similarities of dynamic pairs are a challenge to pinpoint for me, as is grasping how to define the Types. Some are easy but others leave me feeling like I’m missing something… for those difficult ones I end up with a long and broad sentence to ‘fill in’ that blank and feel like I’m off target anyway. I think I’m making this harder on myself than it truly needs to be.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to better grasp the expansive concepts of this program/theory and nutshell them down to a workable unit? FWIW, the Activity Type seems very accessible and understandable to me. But there are aspects of each of the other 3 Types that feel so broad, I can’t fathom how to slice it into one defined bite that fits the places the story form has slotted it. Thanks in advance for any replies. (