This formula combines the Foster-Harris emotional formula with the Lester Dent action formula. It aims at a story 6,000 words long. If you’re just tuning in and don’t know about these guys, check out the tags on this blog for the background.
The goal here is to create a story with action and emotional conflict, where the emotional conflict motivates the action, and the action is emotionally significant.
FINDING THE STORY LOGIC
1.) Use the F-H system to design an emotional conflict of interest to you. We’re using the words “emotion” pretty loosely here; the conflict can be between any two values that get a rise out of people. For example, the conflict between power and identity.
In general, you want these emotions to be similar to each other, or lay claim to similar domains of activity. So Love v. Hate is not the way to go. Love v. Lust is better. Also popular, according to Foster-Harris, are Pride v. Honor (big with men) and Status v. Love (big with women). (more…)