Brand new to Dramatica. Bought the software and have taken the advice and read the included Theory book. There’s so much here that I know will help me, but I’m still struggling to make sense of it. I’ve got the theory so muddled in my own mind that I’m not even sure which question to ask first. Just when it starts to make sense, it seemingly falls apart in my hands.
So here’s this. I have an idea for a novel. I’ve pantsed it for about 30 pages to flesh out some characters and set up a setting and tone and have put together a full synopsis, although I don’t have a complete scene outline yet. I ran my idea through the StoryGuide, answering the questions the best I could and got down to a single StoryForm. My question (one of many) is “does a lack of Archetypes signal an immediate flaw in my story structure?”
I have an MC and an IC–This is the clearest part of the picture for me.
Those two characters are waging a battle in my mind to be the Protagonist. My MC I envision doing most of the action, but he’s only in motion because of the IC, and I can justify to myself quite easily that it’s the IC’s story as much as the MC, as the MC is trying to fix the IC’s problem as much as his own.
And here’s the issue behind it. If I use my MC as the Protagonist, I don’t know what role the IC fills–possibly Emotion, but I could also see Reason (the polar opposite of Emotion, how can that be!!!.) But if the IC is the Protagonist, the MC is 100 percent the Guardian. Does this clarity mean that I should not try to pigeonhole the IC into another role and just make her the Protagonist and let the MC settle in as the Guardian?
In full disclosure, just simply writing this post is causing my head to hurt. Any help or insight you can provide is much appreciated. Thank you so much in advance.