How to Plot With the Three-Act Structure

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy 


A structure is like a rough map, the line drawings in a coloring book. How we overlay our story (color in the line drawings) is up to us, but the structure provides guides and boundaries to help keep us focused. Turning points like, “leave the ordinary world” are just a way of saying, “the protagonist does something new that starts the plot.” This can be a literal enter a magic wardrobe and discover Narnia, or decide to wear a dress to school for the first time ever to catch the eye of the boy you like.  See More . . . 



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