The nature of a story is either a Work or a Dilemma. On top of this you apply either Actual or Apparent to create a quad of options for this Story Point. Either the characters were right to participate in the Work or the Dilemma, or they were wrong and it only seemed like a Work or a Dilemma. The latter is Apparent, the former Actual. This Story Point is a part of Dramatica's four Audience Appreciations and is a combination of the Main Character Resolve and the Story Outcome.


Thinking of Your Audience First

Narrative structure isn't always about the story--sometimes it can help an Author better understand their Audience.

Although the software is not properly set up for it, you can create the structure of your story based on how you want your audience to receive your story, i.e. how you want your story to feel to them. In order to do this, you need to understand the connections that some appreciations have with one another.


The Actual and Apparent Nature of Story

Is the dilemma facing the Main Character real?

When seen in its entirety, a story maintains a certain nature. Whether something external the Main Character needs to work through or something they themselves need to personally work through, the resolution of the story's central inequity carries a code of greater understanding.


The True Nature of Story

Wrapping up our series on Audience Appreciations, we elevate our understanding of narrative and begin to see it as a complex web of relationships.

Many see story superficially. They take characters and events at face value, and seek to interpret meaning behind their actions and circumstances. They see sequences and questions and characters as actual people. Approaching narrative in this way diminishes the very essence of what it means to tell a story.