InstantScenes allow you to conjure up a complete Dramatic Unit at the touch of a button. Choose any Method from within the Dramatica Table of Story Elements, and Subtxt automatically generates a brand new dramatic sequence for you--ready for you to jump in, and start writing!
Let's say you wanted to write a short story exploring the issue of Responsibility. Tap on the Search Icon at the top of the page (or hit the Cmd + K to pop open the Searchbox), type in Responsibility and select the Method from the search results.
Instantly, Subtxt presents you a set of four dramatic elements that tell the story of Responsibility:
The scene starts out with a group of people repressing some people...the characters then makes matters worse by rebelling and ignoring their conscience...which leads to them indulging in behavior they never would have before--which then brings them to a place where they can let go of all those rules and the idea of certain responsibilities. This short dramatic scene is about a group of characters who take responsibility for their own life and let go of the group and ideas maintaining control over them.
If, for some reason, you don't directly connect with Subtxt's first InstantScene, tap on the New button to generate a new one. Subtxt generates a brand new set of scene events, all maintaining that same controlling thematic issue of Responsibility:
In this new version, your characters purposefully work to keep themselves under control, abstain from someone (their loved ones?) for fear of consequences. This restraint actually drives them towards being tempted by a group of people--which then leads them to being free spirits--the complete opposite of what they started out to do! Another take on Responsibility, but nevertheless just as impactful.
And if you don't want to re-generate all of the Storybeats, simply tap on the one you want to change, and Subtxt swaps one Method out for another:
Acting righteously instead of abstaning for fear of consequences takes the story in a new and exciting direction. They still set out to restrain themselves, but then find that by acting righteously they seem to attract more and more attention from others. This again leads to falling into temptation and then becoming ultimately free--but it was less about fear and more about gaining interested partners through their confident and aloof attitude. Acting righteously took us down a different path, yet maintained the structural integrity with the other Storybeats--all while focusing on the thematic topic of Responsibility.
Taking InstantScene with You
Subtxt is not the place to do your writing. There are a million different apps that take care of that part of the process.
If you find yourself wanting to grab an InstantScene to take with you into another app, simply tap the Clipboard button just to the left of the of the Holistic and New buttons. Subtxt will copy the Method (main thematic issue) and the four Storybeats into your clipboard--ready for pasting into your favorite writing program.
The InstantScene is perfect for those short stories, or mini-episodes you want to churn out on a regular basis. It's the perfect antidote for "writer's block," and a great inspiration to keep you in the flow of writing your story.
Advanced Story Theory
The Difference Between InstantScenes and the Events in Your Story
Many writers find it confusing when the "events" listed in an InstantScene fail to match those in their story for the same Progression. For instance, you may have a Progression of Attraction in your story made up of Effect, Result, Process, and Cause. Yet, when you go to the InstantScene for the same Progression of Attraction you see Proaction, Acceptance, Rejection, and Reaction. Why the difference?
The InstantScene is based on the neutral model--before any story dynamics have been applied to it. So, it's really a "faux" scene in that it will give you an idea of what Attraction is, and would work for a short story, or for any story that isn't seen in a greater context (like a full complete story). The Events you're seeing in the Storyform of your story (where you develop your story), have been justified and twisted out of position so as to provide the maximum amount of dramatic tension consistent with the meaning of your full story (the Premise). In essence, they are out of phase with the model of the mind at rest--which is exactly what you want for a full and complete story. In short, the Events are tuned to your story, the InstantScene is a quick fix for short stories or simple scenes that exist on their own.