Uploading Alternate Structures
The progression of Signposts and individual Storybeats in Subtxt represent an evolution of Dramatica theory based on decades of study (and additional years putting the Subtxt app together!).
As such, Subtxt uses a slightly different set of algorithms to calculate Signpost and Sequence order. While the latter is given to the biases of subjectivity, you’ll find the progression in Subtxt to be more of a natural fit (in our opinion 😊).
While the Storyforms in Subtxt use the new method, you’re free to use "original" Dramatica to set the path to your story. We honor whichever version fits closer to your vision.
Uploading from Dramatica
For those writers competent with the Dramatica theory of story, Subtxt offers the ability to upload both the Story Engine Settings Report and the Plot Sequence Report from the Dramatica application.
Subtext Writing Preferences
Saving the Story Engine Settings Report
Within your Dramatica application, go to Reports > Advanced Reports > Story Engine Settings Report (after you determine the ONE storyform).
Turn off ALL the checkboxes above the report.
If on a Mac and running Dramatica Story Expert, choose File > Export Report to generate and save an RTF version of your Story Engine Settings report. Take note of where this file is saved and proceed to the next step.
If on a PC or running an older version of Dramatica (Dramatica Pro), you'll be generating a TXT file. Don't worry--Subtext will recognize the difference. Again, Export the report as indicated above, and take note of where that file is saved.
Uploading the Report
Select Upload from the Build Options listed on the left-hand sidebar of Subtext.
Uploading Structure into Subtext
Choose the file you saved from Dramatica in the box marked Story Engine Settings. If creating a story from scratch, leave the next box alone. If uploading a storyform into a story that already exists in Subtext, choose it from the dropdown menu marked Select a Story.
When ready, click Upload to add your storyform.
Subtext processes the report, generates random Illustrations that honor the intent of your storyform, creates some generic characters, and then automatically opens that structure in the Story Development screen.
Your Uploaded Structure
Uploading the Plot Sequence Report
If you would like the ability to break your Storybeats down into even smaller, more detailed Beats you need to upload the Plot Sequence Report from your Dramatica application.
Follow the same instructions above for outputting the Story Engine Settings report, but this time navigate to Reports > Advanced Reports > Plot Sequence Report. Unselect the checkboxes above, and again, choose File > Export Report to generate the appropriate report.
Navigate to your Narrative within Subtxt and tap the Advanced navigation tab at the bottom of that Narrative's card (looks like an ellipsis).
Uploading Sequences to Subtext
If you haven't already uploaded a Plot Sequence Report, you'll see a button labeled Add Sequences. Tap this button, navigate to the file you exported from Dramatica (the Plot Sequence Report, NOT the Story Engine Settings report), and tap Upload.
Subtext will import the Plot Sequence Report, add them to their corresponding parent Beats, and generate random Illustrations for each Sequence-sized Beat. You'll know it was a success when the buttom labeled "Add Sequences" changes to Sequences Uploaded.
Uploading Sequences to Subtext
With the Plot Sequence Report uploaded, you will now be able to break your larger Storybeats down into smaller beats using the Breakdown Beat button now located within your individual Storybeats (a downward-pointing arrow that splits into two).
Breaking Down Storybeats