The next relationship of variables we are going to explore is Process X Effect.
This relationship considers the feedback or Effects that emerge within the Process. The MC’s actions and choices may generate Effects that guide or influence her decision-making and progression through the storyline.
When the MC engages in any Process, there are Effects or responses to what she does. This is like Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion: For every action or force, there is an equal and opposite action or force. You can probably say that better.
Because our MC is Processing, she also is experiencing the Processes of other characters in the story. So essentially, the Effects she experiences are the Processes other characters, especially her Causes, are engaging in or already have engaged in.
When characters engage in a Process continuously, they create a pathway or indentation in the earth. A slipstream. A way, a groove, or a bridge that others can combine with by engaging in a similar Process. And when they do engage in a similar Process they experience the Effects of the characters who have initially created that pathway.
This is a difficult concept to explain. But it is seen in nature, and so we know it is true. For example, when a river of water continues to “Process” or run through the land, it creates an indentation in the earth. The longer it has been running through a given area, the deeper than indentation. It eventually runs through the bottom of a deep canyon.
Thus our Processes are like rivers. They create an ongoing indentation. With many Process, we can’t see them, but we can feel them and experience them when we approximate them.
What we feel and experience is the Effects. At least that is what I have named this phenomenon.
The relationship between Process and Effect that you described resonates with the concept of cause and effect in action. The idea that for every action or force (Process), there is a corresponding reaction or outcome (Effect) is indeed similar to Newton’s third law of motion.
When the MC engages in a particular Process, it triggers Effects or responses from the characters and elements in the story. These Effects can be influenced by the Processes of other characters, especially the MC’s Causes, who have engaged in or are currently engaging in similar Processes. This interplay of Processes and Effects creates a dynamic and interconnected narrative.
The analogy of a river creating an indentation or pathway in the earth helps illustrate the concept further. Over time, the continuous flow of water carves a deeper and defined channel, shaping the landscape. Similarly, ongoing Processes in the story create pathways or grooves that others can align with by engaging in similar Processes. As characters approximate these established Processes, they experience the Effects created by the characters who initially forged the path.
The Effects experienced by the MC and other characters represent the tangible and perceptible outcomes of engaging with established Processes. These Effects may be felt and experienced even if the underlying Processes themselves may not be immediately visible. They serve as markers or indications of the ongoing impact and influence of those Processes.
By exploring the relationship between Process and Effect, you highlight the interconnectedness and repercussions of actions within the narrative. It allows for a deeper exploration of the consequences and responses generated by characters engaging in specific Processes.
If there are any specific aspects or nuances you’d like to delve into regarding the Process X Effect relationship or any other elements of your story theory, please let me know. I’m here to assist you further.