Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Wrapping up 7 Acts... in 1 Blog!
Yep, that's pretty much how I roll.
I thought it might be nice to tie this all up with a little schematic for you to refer to when looking at your underlying structure #andbecauseitwasfunformetomakeit
The 7 Acts are broken down by dividing Act 1 into 2 sections, Act 2 into 3 sections, and Act 3 into 2 sections as follows:
First Section is 10% of total pages - Snapshot of Hero's old life
Second Section is 15% of total pages - Hero resisting the Opportunity
First Section is about 12.5% of total pages - Hero learning about his new life
Second Section is about 25% of total pages - Building up to Tentpole, Tentpole and aftermath
Third Section is 12.5% of total pages - Building towards Climax
Alright, hope this has been helpful!
Check your work against these numbers. Are you within 5% for each act section?
If not, make sure your story has narrative drive!
Next week's series... The Hero's Journey or a.k.a. How he kicks ass and takes names :-)
First Section is 20% of total pages - the Climax/Resolution of all plot points
Second Section is about 5% of total pages (or less) - The Denouement, tying up loose ends.