Some connections are obvious--others are virtually impossible to detect.
The simplest way to change your storyform is to clear it and remake your choices based on your newer priorities. I know, that's not what you're asking, but I felt it was important to at LEAST mention this because it is, by far, the fastest and easiest to make storyform changes 95% of the time.
Here are some basic guidelines to how storyforming choices impact your storyform.
First a little description of the pieces of the Dramatica structural model for those on the list less familiar with its organization. In no particular order....
- There are four Domains that make up the storyform: Situation (Universe); Activity (Physics); Fixed Attitude (Mind); and Manipulation (Psychology).
- Each domain has four levels. Starting at the top and going down they are: Domain; Types; Variations; Elements.
- Though each level is the same size, the levels increase in complexity (and the items get smaller) as you go from the topmost to the bottommost level. For example, in any given Domain there will be: 1 domain; 4 types; 16 variations; and 64 elements.
- The basic organization of the Dramatica structural model is a quad. Basically, a quad is a square divided once vertically and horizontally into four equal squares (two squares on each side).
- The relationship of the items in the quad has meaning and there are label for the different relationships.
- Items in a diagonal relationship are called Dynamic Pairs. There are two dynamic pairs in a quad.
- Items in a horizontal relationship are called Companion Pairs. There are two companion pairs in a quad.
- Items in a vertical relationship are called Dependent Pairs. There are two dependent pairs in a quad.
OK. Now let's look at the impact of some Storyforming choices.
- The relationship of the Main Character throughline to the Impact Character throughline is a dynamic pair. Therefore, the MC domain and IC domain will always be is a diagonal relationship on the Dramatica structural model. It also means that choosing the domain for one of the throughline's automatically picks it for the other.
- The relationship of the Overall Story throughline to the MC/IC throughline is a dynamic pair. Therefore, the OS domain and MC/IC domain will always be is a diagonal relationship on the Dramatica structural model. It also means that choosing the domain for one of the throughline's automatically picks it for the other.
- Since the Type labels are unique, choosing a throughline Concern also selects the throughline domain.
- Since the Variation labels are unique, choosing a throughline Issue also selects the throughline concern and domain.
- Choosing a throughline Problem, Solution, Symptom, or Response may select the throughline issue, concern, and domain. Since the Element labels are NOT unique (each label appears four times with the Dramatica structural model), where you make the choice will determine if you are picking a specific element AND its domain (Theme Browser), or if you are narrowing down the storyforming choices for issue, concern, and domain (StoryGuide/DQS, StoryGuide, etc.).
- Choosing "Do-er" for MC Approach limits your MC domain to either Situation or Activity.
- Choosing "Be-er" for MC Approach limits your MC domain to either Fixed Attitude or Manipulation.
- Choosing "Start" for MC Growth limits the relationship between the MC domain and the OS domain to a dependent pair (vertical) relationship.
- Choosing "Stop" for MC Growth limits the relationship between the MC domain and the OS domain to a companion pair (horizontal) relationship.
- Choosing "Change" for MC Resolve establishes that the MC domain and OS domain will have the same Problem and Solution element labels.
- Choosing "Steadfast" for MC Resolve establishes that the MC domain and the OS domain will share the Symptom and Response element labels.
- Choosing the Concern for one throughline chooses the Concerns for all four throughlines. The concerns will all be in the same relative quad position. For example, if you choose FUTURE as a concern which appears in the lower left quadrant, the other concerns in your story will be Obtaining, Innermost Desires, and Changing One's Nature.
These are the simplest and most straightforward impacts of storyforming choices that I can think of. There are, obviously, many other choices you can make. The impact of those choices are more likely to be more complex and less obvious.