Melanie posits an excellent distinction between the internal order of events within a narrative, and the external revelation of those events:
Plot, then, is really that internal progression of events, while the reader/audience order is more precisely referred to as Exposition.
The timing on this post couldn’t be better. In an effort to better serve the writers and producers we work with, we’ve been fast at work developing a tool that can easily bridge the gap between these two views…
…all the way down to the Scene level view.
For an author, it is important to separate the two. Otherwise it is too easy to overlook a missing step in the logical progression of the story because the steps were put out of order in Exposition.
The response to this new way of working with Dramatica has been overwhelmingly positive and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Using this system, you will ensure that everything that happens in your story is not only interestingly revealed, but also makes an unbroken chain of sense.
Without a doubt, this corresponds with our own internal data. Help the writer develop his or her plot so that it makes sense, then guide them to expose that plot through an emotionally meaningful experience.