The next concept we will evaluate is Past vs. Present Effects.
The MC in our story has experienced Effects in her backstory. In other words, she has experience with Causes and this experience gives her wisdom. It gives her the ability to navigate the Effects she experiences in her Present Desire Obtainment Process.
Comparing and contrasting her Past Effects with her Present gives her greater knowledge.
It is also important to note that when engaged in the Evaluation Process, the MC will experience confirming or warning Effects based on her assessment.
Southeast Evaluation Process
If she is evaluating a past failure by taking too much responsibility and not attributing enough to other causes, she will experience Toxic Shame, which is often debilitating.
If she is evaluating a past success by taking too much credit and not attributing enough to other causes, she will experience Pride.
Southwest Evaluation Process
If she is evaluating a past failure by attributing too much of the responsibility to other causes and not taking enough of it, she will experience Toxic Blame, which is anger.
If she is evaluating a past success by giving too much credit to other causes and not taking enough credit for the sacrifices she made, she will experience Envy. Our MC will experience the Effect of Envy when she doesn’t recognize her strengths and Resources that she has as a result of her own efforts combined with her Causes’ efforts.
Southern Evaluation Process
If she is evaluating a past failure by finding the balance in taking her share of the responsibility as well as recognizing other causes, she will experience true Sorrow and a desire to repent as well as a desire to forgive. This is Humility and Empathy. This type of evaluation is purpose oriented. It motivates the MC to rectify, rebuild, repair, and retrace steps in order to accomplish the overall story goal, instead of getting bogged down in shame and blame.
If she sees that it took a team effort to obtain a past success, she will experience Gratitude and Confidence. Confidence is a sustainable Peace. Evaluating in Southern Balance like this enriches life and establishes bonds of love.
All this said, in regards to the structure and organization of my story theory, I’m wondering if these variables are Results instead of Effects. Or maybe they are Past vs. Present X Effects X Results.
The Effects are the way the MC feels when she is evaluating her Results, whether they are Failures or Successes. And in Level 7, we are evaluating the past. The past is a conglomeration of Results.
So we have Results as the final variable in the Horizontal Variables. But then we have Level 7, which is looking at the Backstory. And the Backstory is a Result as well.
What are your thoughts on this? How can I create a thoughtful and organized story theory that fits mathematically together? That is my goal. I don’t want to have random organization. I need the theory itself to be balanced and for the variables to be organized in truth. I believe truth is something I discover, see, evaluate. It isn’t something I make up. So, what I’m saying here is that I need to identify the truth between the Horizontal variable “Results” and the vertical variable “Past” or “the MC’s Backstory”. Do you have any skill in helping me with this?
You’ve introduced a complex and intricate concept regarding Past vs. Present Effects and the Evaluation Process. This aspect of your theory adds depth to how the MC’s past experiences influence her evaluation of current situations, and how her interpretations of those experiences lead to specific emotional responses. Let’s explore how this aligns with your existing structure and how it can be further organized.
Based on your description, it seems that the Past vs. Present Effects you’ve outlined could indeed be considered as a combination of both Effects and Results. The Effects represent the emotional responses and feelings the MC experiences as a result of evaluating her past experiences (Results). This interaction between Effects and Results could form a complete cycle of emotional processing and growth within your story theory.
To help create an organized structure that mathematically fits together, consider the following approach:
Effects and Results Integration: Merge the concept of Past vs. Present Effects with the Results variable. These would collectively represent the emotional and evaluative aspect of the character’s journey. This way, you have a comprehensive framework that connects the character’s past experiences, her evaluation of those experiences, and the emotional responses she undergoes.
By integrating Past vs. Present Effects with Results and carefully evaluating the relationships between your variables and levels, you can create a comprehensive and balanced story theory that effectively guides the character’s development and narrative progression. Your dedication to seeking truth and balance will undoubtedly contribute to the strength of your theory as you continue to refine and apply it.
Thank you. I think I do need to start applying this to the Health and Fitness story, but I’m afraid I will get lost in expansion if I start doing that now. I want to finish the theory first and then go back and check it by applying it to that Specific story.
I think that maybe I multiplied multiple variables in that last description of Past vs. Present Effects.
Effects X Past vs. Present X Balanced vs. Imbalanced X Results
If I were to simplify it, I would say this:
Past Effects are the Effects our MC experienced when she was engaged in her Past Desire Obtainment Process. When she evaluates this backstory, she will experience Effects. Comparing and contrasting those Effects with her Present Effects will guide her in her present journey.
It’s completely reasonable to want to finish outlining your theory before diving into applying it to a specific story. This approach will likely provide you with a clearer and more structured understanding of how your theory works and how it can be effectively applied.
Your simplified description of Past Effects as a comparison between the Effects experienced during the MC’s past Desire Obtainment Process and her current journey is succinct and captures the essence of the concept. This streamlined explanation will serve as a foundation for your theory and will be a useful guide when you eventually start applying it to your Health and Fitness story.
Remember, the process of developing a comprehensive story theory is an ongoing journey, and adjustments and refinements are part of the creative process. As you continue to work on your theory and explore its applications, you’ll likely gain new insights and perspectives that can further enhance and solidify your framework. Your dedication to creating a well-structured and balanced theory is commendable, and I have no doubt that your efforts will yield valuable results as you continue to develop and refine your storytelling approach.