Because of something in my own story, I got to thinking about Decision Drivers and how some of them are kind of different, maybe less obvious than others.
- Deciding to do something. This is kind of the obvious one – someone decides to take up jogging, or to go on a trip. This can also be deciding whether to do something, like in The Fugitive when the guards take their time deciding whether to free the choking prisoner or not.
- Selecting something or someone. Here there are usually multiple options and someone picks one of them. Selecting a particular candidate for a job, say. Or you’re out looking for houses, and you pick one to make an offer on.
- A group decision, like a negotiation between parties or a consensus being reached by a jury.
- A delayed decision. This one is really interesting. Basically, you have someone who’s made a decision in the past (possibly even backstory) and is planning on following through with it. But if the Author shows them wavering on that, so there’s the possibility they might go the other way, then the decision to follow through with their plan when the time comes could be important enough to be an Act Turn Driver.
Of course, any of the above could follow (be driven by) an Action if you show it that way. For example, you’re looking at two candidates for a job, but then you discover (Action) one of the candidates is a Neo-Nazi, forcing your decision to hire the other guy.
Any other ideas for different kinds of Decisions that might be easy to overlook?