Brief Encounter


SYNOPSIS: Meeting a stranger in a railway station, a woman is tempted to cheat on her husband. (Source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Change
Laura changes his essential nature while attempting to solve the story's problem.

Main Character Growth: Stop
regarding Laura, the audience is waiting for something to stop.

Main Character Approach: Be-er
Laura prefers a mental solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Holistic
Laura uses holistic problem-solving techniques.

Story Driver: Action
In terms of the overall plot, actions force decisions to be made.

Story Limit: Optionlock
The story climax occurs because all options have been exhausted.

Story Outcome: Failure
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is not achieved.

Story Judgment: Good
Laura ultimately succeeds in resolving his personal problems.

Overall Story Throughline

Having a Discreet Affair

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Conceiving
Overall Story Issue: Expediency vs. Need
Overall Story Problem: Production
Overall Story Solution: Reduction
Overall Story Symptom: Protection
Overall Story Response: Inaction
Overall Story Catalyst: Permission
Overall Story Inhibitor: Preconditions
Overall Story Benchmark: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 2: Being
Overall Story Signpost 3: Becoming
Overall Story Signpost 4: Conceiving

Main Character Throughline


Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Conscious
Main Character Issue: Doubt vs. Investigation
Main Character Problem: Production
Main Character Solution: Reduction
Main Character Symptom: Reevaluation
Main Character Response: Evaluation
Main Character Unique Ability: Investigation
Main Character Critical Flaw: Attempt
Main Character Benchmark: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 1: Memory
Main Character Signpost 2: Preconscious
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Conscious

Influence Character Throughline


Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Present
Influence Character Issue: Attempt vs. Work
Influence Character Problem: Reevaluation
Influence Character Solution: Evaluation
Influence Character Symptom: Protection
Influence Character Response: Inaction
Influence Character Unique Ability: Work
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Doubt
Influence Character Benchmark: Future
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Doomed Romance

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Learning
Relationship Story Issue: Analysis vs. Strategy
Relationship Story Problem: Production
Relationship Story Solution: Reduction
Relationship Story Symptom: Induction
Relationship Story Response: Deduction
Relationship Story Catalyst: Prerequisites
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Deficiency
Relationship Story Benchmark: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Obtaining
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Understanding

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Conceiving
Overall Story Consequence: Learning
Overall Story Cost: Present
Overall Story Dividend: Conscious
Overall Story Requirements: Becoming
Overall Story Prerequisites: Obtaining
Overall Story Preconditions: Future
Overall Story Forewarnings: Subconscious

Plot Progression Visualizations

Dynamic Act Schematics


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