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How about something new? Like Audience Appreciations.

Most, if not all, of Dramatica deals with story points that the Author appreciates when looking at their story. Some story points indicate how an Audience member might appreciate the story. The difference is in the point-of-view: the Author approaches from the perspective of creating meaning; the Audience from the perspective of understanding that meaning. The Audience Appreciations define that understanding based on the storyform.

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No, this isn’t who the story is about. It’s also not the person we care the most about. And it certainly isn’t interchangeable with Main Character or Hero. In Dramatica the Protagonist is very clearly defined: that objective character that both Pursues and Considers the Story Goal. Now, sometimes this character can also be the Main Character (in which case he or she is considered a Hero), but it doesn’t always have to be that way.

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Main Character

The most important part of a complete and effective narrative, the Main Character gives the Audience a way into the story. Leave this perspective out and you will find yourself faced with a cold and lifeless narrative. Embue them with personal baggage that they would take into any story and the Audience will latch onto them.

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Plot Points

A Plot Point in Dramatica is essentially one of the Story Drivers that helps turn the story from one Act to the next. You need one to start the story and one to end the story. One to break it up in the middle and one in each of the halves to break the story down into four movements, four Acts. You can have more, but you need to have at least these five to define the edges of the story for your Audience.

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Four Throughlines

Great stories—and we mean the really great ones—share one thing in common: they cover all four Throughlines. That means they have a Main Character Throughline, an Influence Character Throughline, a Relationship Story Throughline between the two of them, and an Overall Story Throughline that covers everyone in the story—even the Main and Influence Characters. Put all four of these in a story and you will be lightyears ahead of anyone else (Except, of course, those who already have).

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