Hi. Below is the storytelling for my novel’s Main Character thematic story points. I suppose I’m just wondering if anyone else readily uses or employs the LACK of story points with their storyform. (sometimes, it feels like I’m “cheating”, like I should simply work harder to make the default terms fit. Other times, though, it feels like this is EXACTLY what the theory was designed to do). Thoughts? (on this and/or my ramblings below). Thanks.
Issue as it relates to Denial:
To me, finding Truth irrelevant is very different from being in Denial. (Or is it?)
Whether she’s dealing with the fact that people find her extremely attractive, or with the hazy glimpses she’s been getting of what may be buried memories of her father (sexually) abusing her as a child, [this MC’s] response is always basically, “So what if it’s true? What am I supposed to do with that information? How does the truth of that affect the next decision I make—be it what to eat for dinner, or whether to go left or right at the end of a street?”
Yes, maybe she is lonely deep down, aching for companionship; but if the majority of people annoy her, or if she finds the banality of most folk exhausting, should she nurture relationships with those around her just for the body count? [there’s a correlation here with the well-worn axiom of the single black woman’s, “I can do bad all by myself” mantra.
(and there hangs an anthemic platitude)
In short, [this MC’s] basic outlook on life is: “Yes, that may be true, but so what?” It’s pretty much her motto:
“A woman’s attractiveness is currency in this world. And you’re incredibly attractive, [MC].”
“Yes, that may be true, but so what?”
[ I’m suddenly thinking of an extremely tall man, over eight feet, and how everyone will just assume he can play basketball, or wonder why he doesn’t if that’s the case; that constant pressure to follow the so-called logical conclusion, the psychosocial equivalent of letting the other shoe drop when it comes to behavioral expectation. But what if he just likes to read? ]
There’s that word again: Expectation. See, THIS gets to the heart of why it pisses [the MC] off so much: her Issue with The Irrelevance of Truth is really her thumbing her nose at the so-called relevance of Social Expectation. Society expects her to cash in her “I’m pretty” card; society expects her to milk the “my daddy molested me” ticket; society expects someone as smart as she to have a more demanding job than that of a […], etc.
The Irrelevance of Truth IS the Irrelevance of Social Expectation.
That’s [the MC’s] Personal Truth, but Society just sees her as being in DENIAL on so many things.
Counterpoint as it relates to Closure:
Acceptance (Closure) Eludes Her
This is the thematic counterpoint to [the MC’s] emotional argument of The Irrelevance of Truth. Meaning, if truth is irrelevant, than it is also fluid. If Closure can be seen as a continuous loop of behavioral acceptance (eg, reaching closure with an ex is basically entering into a continuous loop of accepting that the two of you will never get back together). But [the MC] exhibits no such behavioral acceptance; with her, there are no foregone conclusions. [quick shorthand: think of her as the OPPOSITE of an Ebenezer Scrooge or better yet, Popeye (ie, she would never say, “I am what I am and that’s all that I am”)]. For example, [the MC] lives in virtual friendless isolation and says it’s because she finds most people boring and banal. But it’s clear she longs for companionship (both romantic and otherwise). [Thus, despite her having a clear point of view and stance on most issues, she’s quite unpredictable in this way].
In short: [the MC] never gives up. Because giving up is a form of behavioral acceptance, which is a form of Closure. [Worth mentioning, her Unique Ability in this story is HOPE].
Again, if truth is irrelevant, than it is also fluid; and the fluidity of truth is the beginning of Hope. This is why acceptance (ie, Closure) proves hard for her. [This is my literary conceit: to try and create a character that on the surface or at first glance appears skeptical, negative and basically unlikable; only to reveal an undercurrent of Hope, Morality and Goodness in everything she does]
Thematic Conflict as it relates to Denial vs. Closure:
The Thematic Conflict here is not Denial vs. Closure, but its inversion:
 The Irrelevance of Truth (non-Denial), vs
 Acceptance Eludes Her (non-Closure)
- [The MC] is not in Denial; she doesn’t deny that a truth exists, only that the inherent truth of a thing doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
- [The MC] isn’t very keen on Closure (or behavioral acceptance); she does NOT accept the current state of things, because her Unique Ability is HOPE.
IN CONCLUSION: Both of these issues illustrate how [the MC] is capable of drawing conclusions that no one else can see; as such, she is not a slave to social expectation nor social pressure (and the hope is that all of this makes her both unpredictable and wholly unique]