Hi dramatica people!
I am a dabbler, but I think I am finally getting somewhere with my novel just from learning this theory of story.
I am focused on setting up the throughlines for my historical fiction novel based on a true story. Since this is so foundational, I’m wondering if anyone could show me my blindspots; hypothetically, do these short descriptions sound like they are assigned to the right throughlines?
Main Character Throughline: Fixed Attitude / Mind
Ellen is defined by holding onto a fixed attitude, unable to shake her guilt over her daughter’s death.
Impact Character Throughline: Situation
Florrie (Ellen’s daughter) influences Ellen because she died in the workhouse as a child and is forgotten, misrecorded in the census and has no gravestone.
Subjective throughline: Activity
Florrie (through signs, memories and associations that make Ellen think of her) and Ellen grapple over the activity of how best to memorialize someone; by charging for your healing and raising money for a gravestone or by living a good and happy life, helping others with goodwill and taking joy in the every day, inspired by the person (even if it means the facts won’t be correctly recorded).
Objective throughline: Manipulation
The problems in the objective storyline stem from a community that are overly trained to be superstitious and to seek signs of their own grace or damnation. (When Ellen tries to raise money for the gravestone she gets arrested for pretended witchcraft when someone is committed to the asylum after she ‘helps’ them).
I’d love it if you have any insights for me, thank you so much. Hopefully, as I get to grips with all this I can pay it forward.