Stories

07/22/2015

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All stories, no matter the genre, have three Acts: beginning, middle, and end. This is the basic three act structure. However, there are more in-depth breakdowns of structure that follow what is called the seven act structure (Checkout, www.writeyourscreenplay.com. The site offers seminars to teach the seven act structure). It is interesting to me that there is this back and forth unrest on proper structure and how the three act structure hinders creativity. The natural development of story and the seven act structure is supposed to break it all down into manageable chunks, allowing the writer more creativity to build their story. I say again, “Their story.”

Personally, I like the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet www.savethecat.com.

The beat sheet breaks down the three act structure into manageable chunks that actually help with the development of the story.

Here is a brief explanation.

ACT 1
Opening image.
Theme Stated.
Setup.
Catalyst.
Debate.
Break into Two.

ACT 2
B Story.
Fun and Games.
Midpoint.
Bad Guys Close In.
All Is Lost.
Dark Night of the Soul.
Break into Three.

ACT3
Finale.
Final Image.

I think this is broken down well enough into manageable chunks. If you want a breakdown and examples of each of these beats, go to www.savethecat.com.

I'm bored now. Good night.

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-Adam

(Edited by the Little Shit)

What would you do without me? -Ed

 


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04/24/2016 10:37pm

Laughter even manages to help reduce pain. It develops pain tolerance and effortlessly works to improve your health as compared to being stressed, sad, and gloomy.

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07/09/2016 9:58pm

Thanks for sharing! I've been searching about the structure of stories since our teacher wants us to write a 6000-word story as our project. I still don't know what story I should write about. This will help me construct the theme and let me think about the it's flow. Glad to read your post.

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11/15/2016 11:16pm

Nice structure, but I have some other information how it should be written!

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02/11/2017 5:02am

I know this structure since school. Simple basic rules!

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I guess it's important article for all newbie writers. I need to remember this structure too.

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