Remember the ridiculous notion that a "Hero" must always "Refuse the Call"? Talk about reductive. Some Main Characters exhibit a willingness to participate in solving the story's big problem, while others would just rather do something else. This story point matches the Main Character's Approach against the Story Driver to determine their tendency to shift the Objective Story from one Act to the next.


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 Tendency of a Main Character to Drive a Story

Over on Discuss Dramatica, someone asked about the Tendency of a Main Character:


The Refusal of the Call: The Resistance or Flow Through a Narrative

The Main Character's personal problems define the flow of energy through a story.

When faced with the unknown, many Main Characters of a narrative balk and recede back into the comfort of their present surroundings. Seen by many as an indication of "refusing the call to adventure", this unwillingness on the part of the central character to participate seemingly correlates with a key story point in Dramatica. Unfortunately, this similarity exists only in semantics and if left unexplained could lead to confusion and a misappropriation of narrative focus.