Dramatica is built on the concept that the structure and dynamics of a story are not random, but represent an analogy to a single human mind dealing with a problem. We call this concept the Story Mind. A Story Mind is not a character, the author, or even the audience, but the story itself. It’s as if the audience’s experience of a complete story were like looking inside of someone’s head. Every act and scene, the thematic progression and message, the climax, plus all the characters and all that they do represent the parts and functions (or thoughts if you will) of the Story Mind.
A complete story
successfully argues all possible sides of its message, thus it will address all
the possible human perspectives on that specific issue. That is how the
structure and dynamics of a single story create a single Story Mind. This is
also why characters are common elements in all stories, along with theme, plot,
acts and scenes. Each of these represent the way in which essential human
psychology is recreated in stories so that we can view our own thought processes
more objectively from the outside looking in.
Now before we go on, it is
important to note that there can be many Main Characters in a completed work,
but there will be only one Main Character in a completed story. This is because
a work is the finished product an author puts before an audience, and
may contain a single story, several stories, or several partial and complete
stories all woven together or at least nestled in the same fabric of
storytelling. This means that a book or a movie, a stage play or teleplay, may
have no Main Character at all, or it may have many. But for any single story in
that work, there will be only one Main Character.
A Grand Argument Story
does not allow the audience to stand in the shoes of every character, every
Element, and see what the story looks like from there. Such a work would simply
be too big to handle. Rather, the purpose of a Grand Argument Story is to
determine if the Main Character is looking at the problem from the right place,
or if he should change his bias and adopt another point of view instead.