I came across Dramatica through Jim’s Narrative First blog and instantly found it to be what I needed to help me create a story. Problem is I am such an over thinker. Perhaps I’m confusing myself and just need to simplify it, but I am having a hard time with the Throughlines here.
The story I am creating revolves around finding one’s purpose. I’ve been trying to take that and make every other throughline and character in the story somehow argue how to find one’s purpose.
Main Character: Is in Pursuit of finding his purpose.
Impact Character: (right now I am completely stuck here as there are several options) The main character is stuck in a manipulated situation. He believes he isn’t good enough or qualified enough to pursue his true purpose. His father (who I have labeled as the Contagonist as he directly tries to Prevent and Tempt the main character that where he’s at is as good as it gets) influences his decision to stay where he’s comfortable at. Then there’s the Reason character who is actively pursuing her purpose. She’s very black and white and believes you either add something to the world or get out of the way. But then there’s another character, the Guardian character, who gives the Main character that final push.
Would the Impact character then be the Reason character? She forces her way into the Main character’s life on a favor by the Guardian character and has a very active hand in getting him to change his thoughts. So she’s Steadfast in her ways but the Main character changes. The same can be said for the Contagonist and Guardian character. Either way, its the Main character who changes.
How do you determine which is the strongest for the Impact character? Now I have to admit, writing it out here helped pull all of my thoughts together. My gut is saying the Reason character is the Impact character. But with that said, are the other characters tasked with arguing the problem of finding your purpose?
The Antagonist has found their purpose, but its through very pragmatic, almost ruthless means of realizing it. The Guardian’s purpose is protecting the Main character and getting him to become the person he’s meant to be. Does every single character have to speak on the Overall Throughline here? That’s what’s confusing me I think.