@Bogdanm, well then let’s dive in to the narrative a little more for some names for you so you can understand chaining better. Most people don’t bother putting names to a narrative, or a chain of visual images, and just call it a story not bothering to care about what drives the story from memory image to memory image. So there’s your key term, a story. Authors, however, do care about the narrative logic of their “story.” And as you can tell, I care about the design of the visual image sequences I create.
The story in general is a protagonist or subject driven narrative and the person naturally presents themself in most cases. I walk around in my house from room to room based on my morning routine going to different locations and using different objects, but the subject remains the same… me.
Sometimes you have to create a connector in the form of a subject. The favorite imaginary protagonist of @LynneKelly is called a rapscallion, which has a mischevious personality for initiating action, a perfect complement to forming visual images for objects. Another type of imaginary subject would be an anthropomorphic version of an object as in mythic tales. I see quirky personalities in trees and slumbering giants in grassy mounds and let them talk to me about their problems.
But what if you choose an object to be the connector between the visual images? That was one of the least exciting narrative styles and it doesn’t present itself easily. But just like in the film, The Maltese Falcon, the narrative logic is driven by the desre to own the object. Alfred Hitchcock used the term MacGuffin to describe an item-based narrative in film and I thought that it was the best to use since we see stories in our heads like films.
I think you should also see the journey as a solution to your quest for a name. People often use that term on the forum here. That’s a terrain or location-driven narrative. Things happen all within the space of a scene, a background, a room, or a piece of land. If, while walking around in my memory image of my house and I bring groceries into the kitchen, my wife walks in and takes over the narrative by cooking, it’s more of a journey.
When I’m creating narratives, it seems that the styles want to mix with each other. In using multiple locations for traversing my palace rooms, I have a story for one or more rooms where a familiar person walks about, a journey for another where an array of objects are placed, and, like in my music room, the action is all driven by the piano in the middle of the room. Look for the traversal method to find the technique. I traverse my house palace by Major system room names and then I traverse each of the rooms by a narrative.
You’ll notice that I combined two systems above. The larger is the house and the smaller is the narrative in the rooms. Does that make it a Russian Doll? Nope. Just a combination of systems to achieve the best results. Maybe the term Russian Doll is just a way people perceive the combination of systems without naming the specific types.
If you still want some clarification on anything, reform your questions again and that will help me. I’m glad you are getting a few things cleared up.