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Three Act Structure–Epilogue and Prologue

In a serious discussion of this topic, a basic understanding of what an epilogue and prologue are will help. I’ve read quite a few definitions, and in my opinion, Wikipedia has the best. First: “A prologue…is an opening to a

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Three Act Structure–Act Two

Act two is the middle of your story–the largest part, at least 50%. The best description of the second act I’ve ever heard came from one of Brandon Sanderson’s teaching videos on YouTube, which I highly recommend. He said that

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Three Act Structure–Act One: The Point of No Return

You’ve written your hook, messed up your character’s life with the inciting incident, and now it’s time to finish act one. Your character must initially come to grips with this thing that’s happened to them. In National Treasure, Ben Gates

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Three Act Structure–Act One: Inciting Incident

So, you’ve got your story idea, and it’s a good one. Now you want to write it up and do it justice. Being smart, you’re going to learn about story structure first, so you don’t write 80,000 words and then

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Three Act Structure–An Overview

The three act structure is arguably the oldest around, if you accept that it began with Aristotle’s assertions that stories must have a beginning, middle, and end. But while this is a decent start, it’s not particularly useful for storytellers.

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