I’m calling this “best practices” because I know there’s not one right answer, but I’d like to hear people’s experiences.
If you’re outlining a story told from multiple points of view from the OS – say, one set of scenes that tell what the Protagonists are doing, and another describing the Antagonists – do you find it’s better to create a separate Signpost beat for each POV? Or does it work better to simply assign one or more of the PSR Variations to each?
I’ve resisted doing the latter because I have this feeling that the PSR creates a Sequence that makes more sense when it involves the same characters or POV. But is that true?
I know I can create just one separate Beat e.g. one Antagonist scene that’s just “Conceptualizing” without breaking it down. But what if I want more than one Antagonist scene – but don’t necessarily have the space or material to do a whole sequence? Or – could you just repeat one of the Variations for the other POV?
Also: do people break the other throughlines down? And do you do it consistently – for example, break the MC throughline into separate scenes for each Act? Or maybe the first act has four MC scenes (the Variations), but by the fourth Act, you don’t need all four, and one will do?
Just curious how others have experienced this.
EDIT – I moved this from the Subtext category to Writing because as @mlucas pointed out it’s not clear how many Subtext users have access to that category. Happy to move it back if that’s the consensus.