In the combination of options for the success/judgment of a story, does a Judgment of BAD mean, essentially that the MC made bad decisions?
Is there an inherent meaning behind this being called "judgment" that associates personal tragedy with the MC actions? Are we also saying that they had a moral/personal fail in some sense that CAUSED the judgment to be BAD.
...it seems that her MC Solution has to be unsatisfied/a non-solution. Her angst continues. Consequence kicks in.
Spun another way, in my WIP (part 1 of trilogy), I see my bad end to be just a tragic discovery. The success learning (in itself) was good, but the knowledge gained is tragic and puts the MC at a worse place, opening up a need to keep trying, trilogy part 2. There is no relief.
In my story, the MC has been hunting for her family, to KNOW where they are; she succeeds to find where they are: Almost the entire family is dead. She's glad she knows. But that's not a good feel or good tone.
So as I'm framing this, does the storyform require an actual "judgment" of "if only___, then it would have been good"? Or is the term "judgment" not tied to anything but the tone of the end?
Which ties to the Consequence, of course. Does a bad judgment mean that the consequence has to be spun BAD?
Consequence is Conceiving-realizing they're gone/coming up with a new idea for her life without them. But I don't regret her finding out. She regrets the information, but is not regretting the search.
I think this is success/bad. That's how I've seen it.