Tender Mercies


SYNOPSIS: "A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together."  Synopsis source: IMDB.com

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

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

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

Main Character Approach: Do-er
Mac Sledge prefers a physical solution to his problem.

Main Character Problem-Solving Style: Linear
Mac Sledge uses linear problem-solving techniques.

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

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

Story Outcome: Success
In terms of the overall plot, the original goal is achieved.

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

Overall Story Throughline

Drunk Songwriter Finds Salvation

Overall Story Throughline: Universe
Overall Story Concern: Past
Overall Story Issue: Fate vs. Destiny
Overall Story Problem: Chaos
Overall Story Solution: Order
Overall Story Symptom: Thought
Overall Story Response: Knowledge
Overall Story Catalyst: Prediction
Overall Story Inhibitor: Suspicion
Overall Story Benchmark: Future
Overall Story Signpost 1: Present
Overall Story Signpost 2: Progress
Overall Story Signpost 3: Past
Overall Story Signpost 4: Future

Main Character Throughline

Mac Sledge

Main Character Throughline: Physics
Main Character Concern: Understanding
Main Character Issue: Interpretation vs. Senses
Main Character Problem: Chaos
Main Character Solution: Order
Main Character Symptom: Inequity
Main Character Response: Equity
Main Character Unique Ability: Senses
Main Character Critical Flaw: Circumstances
Main Character Benchmark: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 1: Obtaining
Main Character Signpost 2: Learning
Main Character Signpost 3: Understanding
Main Character Signpost 4: Doing

Influence Character Throughline

Rosa Lee/Sonny

Influence Character Throughline: Psychology
Influence Character Concern: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Issue: Circumstances vs. Situation
Influence Character Problem: Change
Influence Character Solution: Inertia
Influence Character Symptom: Thought
Influence Character Response: Knowledge
Influence Character Unique Ability: Situation
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Interpretation
Influence Character Benchmark: Becoming
Influence Character Signpost 1: Conceptualizing
Influence Character Signpost 2: Conceiving
Influence Character Signpost 3: Being
Influence Character Signpost 4: Becoming

Relationship Story Throughline


Relationship Story Throughline: Mind
Relationship Story Concern: Memory
Relationship Story Issue: Truth vs. Falsehood
Relationship Story Problem: Perception
Relationship Story Solution: Actuality
Relationship Story Symptom: Thought
Relationship Story Response: Knowledge
Relationship Story Catalyst: Evidence
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Interdiction
Relationship Story Benchmark: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Memory
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Preconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Subconscious
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Conscious

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Past
Overall Story Consequence: Memory
Overall Story Cost: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Dividend: Understanding
Overall Story Requirements: Future
Overall Story Prerequisites: Subconscious
Overall Story Preconditions: Becoming
Overall Story Forewarnings: Obtaining

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