Story Point

Dramatica Term

items of dramatic meaning common to all stories

Story Points are items of dramatic meaning that are common to all stories. Meaning is created when an identifiable topic is seen from a particular point of view. This creates perspective which takes into account both the observation and the observer. In complete stories, there are four principal viewpoints at work: Overall Story, Main Character, Impact Character, Relationship Story. Each viewpoint has its own unique Story Points, though they parallel and match item for item the Story Points from another viewpoint. In addition, some Story Points are from a wider view, describing the relationship among the viewpoints and the dramatic results of their combined perspectives. In this manner, a story structure built from these Story Points will cover all the topics and viewpoints necessary to fully explore an issue central to them all. Common Story Points include such dramatic items as Goal, Requirements, Problem, Concern, and Outcome.