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on Four Throughlines

Every great story consists of four distinct, interwoven Throughlines. Too restrictive? Some stories actually have more than one story in them. Crazy, right? Dramatica refers to each of these self-contained narratives of four Throughlines as a storyform. Main Character, Influence Character, Relationship Story, and Overall Story. Leave one of these four Throughlines out and your story will be incomplete. It will have holes in it. Cover all four and you will have beaten 95% of everything else out there.

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