Basic Glossary

The first step in understanding a new way of appreciating story structure is to understand the new language that defines it. We have created this "glossary" of sorts to help you navigate through the many new terms and concepts that do not map to what you may already know about story.

Appreciations: Appreciations are how an Author appreciates the meaning of a story.

Perspectives: Perspectives are a means of defining the inequity of a story. Since an inequity cannot be addressed or defined directly, the storytellers best approach is to speak around the inequity from these four different perspectives.

Dynamics: The Dynamics of a story differ from the Structural aspects in that they describe the relationships between story structural items. They also define the forces applied to the model of the Storymind at the time of Justification.

Justification: a process of thought that hides an inequity away from further consideration.

Problem-solving: a process of thought that seeks to directly resolve an inequity.

Dramatic Argument: the argument, or message, of a narrative.

Motivations: The 64 Elements of Motivation approximate the inequity of a story at its most definite level. They also provide an Author the opportunity to illustrate the relative appropriateness and inappropriateness of different Motivations within the context of resolving a story’s central inequity.

Inequity: a recognition of separateness, or imbalance, within the mind. Once made aware, the mind must address an inequity through either Problem-solving or Justification. An inequity cannot be directly defined.

Pivotal Elements: the two specific Motivations of the mind that sit at the crossroads between Character and Plot. These two key Elements form the basis for a story’s Dramatic Argument.