26 March 2019

Three Act Structure

I'm taking a writing class now and we've been extensively discussing the three act structure. You know the one: Act 1 with exposition, an inciting incident, an act 1 climax leading into act 2, rising action and conflict/confrontation leading into act 3, and a climax and resolution/denouement. This structure is very common in commercial movies and novels. In fact, you can even use this structure within single chapters. (If you're not familiar, you can find lots of info about it on the internet.)

It also works great for short stories!

For all the people who love the three act structure, however, there are also many who dislike it. So, give it try--if you want! If you don't want to, don't. :)

Send us your stories with or without a three act structure!

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