Yes - something I need to make more clear, which I think is super important when it comes to the Treatment view –
A lot of people ask to have the Dramatica stuff listed out under each Storybeat, or at the very least a toggle where they could decide whether its there or not. And that’s interesting to me because what you’re essentially doing is repeating yourself – you’re doing twice as much work.
All the work you do in the Storybeats or Throughline sections, the translating Dramatica storypoints into Illustrations/Encodings is work finished. So having them listed out in the Treatment is like asking your brain to do all that work over again.
“Well, I need to know that this beat is about Fact while Conceiving.”
Why? You already did the work of translating Fact while Conceiving into an illustration–maybe three or four sentences encapsulating what that is all about.
Anyone who has worked with Dramatica knows that looking at the storyform will always keep you from writing, you’re constantly conceptualizing meaning rather than conceiving scenes.
If you have the Dramatica terms there in the Treatment view, you’re just taking five enormous steps backward.
The whole point of Subtext and the Treatment view is to leave the process with something to write from. Dramatica is so incredibly super powerful and prescient that if you continue to be faced with the terms and the appreciations, you’re always going to be locked in that head state of structure, rather than storytelling.
My hope is that writers will eventually trust themselves that they’ve already done the work, so they can get to the business of finishing their work – which it sounds like you’re starting to really get the feel of.