Been a while since I’ve logged in here! Make no mistake: I might have left the forum, but Dramatica has never left me. I’m finishing my first feature length treatment – a psychological sci-fi thriller with a rather unconventional time travel set piece.
I’ve got 100% certainty of the storyform, my writing “on intuition” has aligned stunningly well with the storyform I’ve arrived at – it’s locked and won’t budge from here.
The story is set in a time when the world is on the brink of discovering time travel; only partial time travel – time travel “lite” – with no paradoxes has been cracked. Now, the OS concern of Conceptualization regards with “What it real time travel was to be cracked?” The OS has all the characters concerned about what nefarious things would human beings come up with if “true” time travel was to be cracked – so, in that, it’s a “self-aware” time travel flick.
Lo and behold, an outbreak hits the world, with evidence suggesting it having been “leaked” from the future – someone DID crack time travel, and used it to send a mystery virus back in time.
Now, having arrived at this scenario, I began to wonder:
“Damn that OS seems so much like a mix of Psychology and Universe. It looks like an OS Situation story – EVERY outbreak film is basically OS Universe. Have I messed it up royally?”
But some intuition in me has repeatedly told me: “Nah, here it’s different to the usual outbreak films.”
So, I started digging, and found @jhull 's articles on “How to Use Dramatica the Right Way”, and “When A Situation Isn’t A Situation”
Could a similar thing be argued here: When “A Manner Of Thinking isn’t A Manner Of Thinking”?
The thing in my story is, there DEFINITELY is a “situation” (a mystery outbreak) but the conflict comes (I think?) from people’s reaction to the situation: having bought into the theory that the outbreak truly was sent from the future, governments begin a crackdown on time travel big tech in the hopes that if time travel research is completely “stomped out” in its infancy, the outbreak would be prevented.