First Plot Point (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

First Plot Point (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

First Plot Point The First Plot Point is the point in the story where the main character makes a choice. The impossible question from the build-up is answered and the character’s journey really begins. This decision sets in motion a lot of hurdles and challenges that your character will face throughout the rest of the story. Some questions to ask…

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Build-up (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

Build-up (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

The Build-up The build-up is literally a phase in which the story is ‘building-up towards the conflict’. This is the point where your characters or main character faces their ‘Impossible’ question or situation. Building on the inciting incident, what would be a realistic, difficult choice for your character to make? What question would have two choices that are equally hard?…

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Inciting Incident (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

Inciting Incident (Act 1 of the 3-Act Story Structure)

Inciting Incident The Inciting Incident is one of the most famous plot beats in the 3-act story structure—and storytelling in general. The moment in the story where everything is flipped upside down and the plot officially kicks off. Something happens that triggers your character to spur into action. Usually, they’ll have to face a certain choice or obstacle, that absolutely…

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