A total Dramatica newbie here. I am going mad trying to identify the throughlines that would help me land on a Storyform so I hope you can help!
My story idea is still very rough and my characters are mostly unformed…
What I have so far…
Summary: There is a new groundbreaking portable technology, which allows you to read other people’s thoughts without them knowing. A female college student is invited to be one of the first people to trial the technology. She’s in a bad way when she receives the invitation (ie. she has trust issues/fear of rejection relating to a sordid family past and a string of bad relationships, and her studies/career are not going well.)
She doesn’t trust men and by extension doesn’t trust her own feelings/intuition about them. Out of desperation and in an effort to find a loving relationship, which she hopes will bring her happiness and stability, she gambles on trusting technology (believing it to be free from emotions and opinions). At first, using the technology works (for small things like buying people the right birthday present, knowing which restaurant to book for dinner etc) but as she tries to use it to decipher whether or not another character loves her it all begins going pear-shaped. Possibly the technology is later hacked making the situation even worse.
The IC perspective is that good relationships are based on mutual trust and will be presented through the role of either a close male friend or housemate who harbours romantic feelings for her. Ultimately he convinces her that she can trust him and she takes a leap of faith by becoming romantically involved with him and is thus changed for the better.
From that I get:
MC Resolve: Changed (Learns to trust/let go of fear of rejection)
MC Growth: Learning to trust would be Start, but letting go of fear of rejection/trust issues would be Stop…Unsure…
MC Approach: Unsure
MC Style: Logical (She is attempting to solve her problems one thought at a time)
Driver: Decision (She decides to trial the technology, which leads to most the action)
This is where I begin to get very lost.
These are the storylines as I see them…
OS: New technology potentially solves human problems
MC: Woman seeks to improve her life by trialling a new technology
IC: Woman’s friend seeks to help her realise she needs to learn to trust herself and others
RS: Romance between MC and IC
My initial thoughts were that since the MC is concerned with Desire (desiring a partner and a better life) and will be using the technology to manipulate how people feel about her, that the MC Domain must be Manipulation, if not Fixed attitude (an unwillingness to trust.) But then it occurred to me that if the Story Goal is Obtaining this changes everything… MAybe the MC problem is in fact avoidance because of her trust issues/fear, rather than a problem of trust?
Would love some more experienced opinions than mine! Thanks in advance