Subtext release notes
Subtext release notes

The New Modalities of Scene Structure





This week we added the ability for you to check out the Modalities of Scene Structure at the Signpost Storybeat level. Previously, this feature was reserved for Sequence-level and Scene-level Beats only (Variations and Elements for you diehard Dramatica aficionados 🤓). By opening these up, writers can now take advantage of intelligent guidance at the Act-level of their story.

Fortunately, turning these on meant taking a step back at some of the Modalities and re-wording them to be more evocative of creative storytelling.


PRCO, or Potential-Resistance-Current-Outcome, seems to carry with it an implicit sequence of events. The Potential comes first, then the Resistance, which results in a Current (or Conflict), which then ends up in an Outcome.

PRCO is not sequential, it is spatial.

To head off eventual assumptions and mis-understandings before they happen, we rolled PRCO back to the original 1.0 version of Dramatica terminology to PRCP--essentially, reverting the last one, Outcome, to Power.

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Watch video on the Modalities of Scene Structure - PRCP


In addition to tagging Storybeats with PRCP, Subtext also signals the Material "make-up" of each Beat with intelligent interpretations of knowledge, thought, ability, and desire. Originally, these were:

  • knowledge was Situation
  • ability was Activities
  • desire was Way of Thinking
  • thought was Fixed Attitudes

We changed them to:

  • knowledge is Situation
  • ability is Activity
  • desire is Mentality
  • thought is Stance

We may change that last one, but for now, we find it more conducive to brainstorming ideas (and more oppositional to Situation) than simply another "Fixed Attitude."

More on these in future updates.

If you have any questions about any of these changes, please let us know.

Enjoy! 😃

Re-ordering Storybeats

We fixed a bug where you could possibly drag a regular old Storybeat beyond the final Story Driver of a Signpost (Act). Theoretically, this is impossible--once you introduce that Driver into the narrative, the conversation has moved on and you need to start exploring the next Signpost/Act.

The last Storybeats of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Signposts are anchored with a Story Driver. Should you somehow find a way to drag a Beat beyond this, please let us know as you've found a way to warp spacetime!

Breaking Down a Story Driver

We also removed the ability to breakdown a Story Driver--which is an impossibility in and of itself. We took out the Breakdown button in the Story Drivers, because there really isn't any way to break a dynamic down into its part (breaking time into space…).

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We also took out the ability to "Randomize" a Driver because that didn't make sense either. Drivers are simply relationships between Storybeats--not Storybeats in and of themselves.

Have fun re-ordering in peace ✌️

Welcome to Subtext v.4.0!

We've upgraded your Subtext experience to include the TOTALITY of the Dramatica model. You can now breakdown your Signpost Storybeats into Variation Storybeats (Thematic Movements) AND break those individual Variation Storybeats into Scene Elements!!





What's even better is now you can see the precise assignments of PRCO, 1234, and KTAD for every Scene. 🤯 Just open up the Help button for a Storybeat (the question mark) to get insight into the subtext behind every Beat (see what we did there!).

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If working in an older story, we strongly suggest re-building with the Premise Builder (if made earlier than Mar 31, 2021) & adding new Storybeats where needed to take advantage of these new features! You can also try adding new Storybeats in each Act if you'd rather just copy and paste from within the same story.

You'll know it works with the new features if you see that Breakdown button when you go to edit a Storybeat.

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Note: Uploaded Storyforms and PSRs from Dramatica CANNOT take advantage of these new features. Rebuild for best results. 😊

As always if you have any questions, just click that chat bubble in the bottom right.

Enjoy! 😃

Keep track of new updates

Great news for Subtext subscribers--I'm starting a change-log here so you'll always be up to date with the latest and greatest developments.

If you've been around for awhile, you know that I'm constantly working hard to make Subtext the very best application for developing meaningful stories. This drive usually ends up in some pretty drastic changes, but sometimes they can be quite small and you might not even notice them.

I get so excited about making the changes, I sometimes forget to document what exactly I've done! 😊

Now--whether big or small--I'll detail out through this little widget how you can take advantage of the new features (and explain my thinking behind it).

You'll always receives an update when I change something, or if you want--you can view it all at the public changelog page.