STORY DYNAMICS

Story Dynamics depiction

TOOLS

Use the tools of Story Dynamics--establishing image, dramatic potential, matched potential, and a narrative question--to engineer successful dramatic stories.


NARRATIVE QUESTION

The question posed by the launch of the story, about which the action of the story revolves, that is answered by the climax.

EXAMPLE:
  • a small island population faces extinction if a bomb hidden there since World War II detonates during a coming hurricane;
  • the authorities are not willing to make the situation public for a number of reasons; and
  • a weapons expert arrives.
NARRATIVE QUESTION: Will he/they be able to locate and disable the bomb in time?

The entire story builds around this main question. Of course love develops, as it always does, but that doesn't need to be set up. The classic countdown scenario adds mounting tension and helps to focus the rising action.



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