As I was working on my own project I stumbled back into this old article by JH. At the time I was getting frustrated (not really) that my story wasn’t fitting into the story form that it was set out to be and I felt I needed to restructure it all over again (and again. And again. And again).
Eventually this process started to reverse and I was writing more and more and caring less about the story form. Only going back into my dramatica software to guess or I should say, entertain myself on what storyform was perspiring out to be. (Yes, perspiring). When I realized:
If dramatica is about a mind solving a single problem… don’t I have a mind? And wouldn’t the software already be installed in my head? A glowing lightbulb.
From all these successful and dubbed “full” stories already out there that didn’t use dramatica, you’d think if these geniuses didn’t need dramatica than why should I?
Why shouldn’t I think myself a genius too?
And that’s when I stumbled upon that article. It was like a validation for me to use dramatica as a playground. Something where I’d go back and forth and not care if it was right or wrong — and if I felt like there was something missing, a beat, a scene, a different element or variation, I could simply plug in what I had down and viola it would spit out something that, at least to me that moment, felt right for the story. Of course it would change later but I could now continue solving the problem.
I know this may seem a little obvious to most but to me it was a game changer. And I hope anyone else new to dramatica won’t get tied up in the details like I did and… simply… just… start… writing…
Your mind is already a problem solving machine.
And dramatica is already installed in your brain.
So don’t worry. Get writing and it’ll solve itself.