Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How to Write a Story in Three Acts

Many of our stories we write for children or anyone for that matter are inspired by our knowledge of real life. Often this can be helpful or at other times inhibiting. When you are creating a story and characters you need to fit them in their own little world.

The three-act concept is a take on beginning, middle and end.

Act I) Problem and Obstacle
In the first act the protagonist encounters his/her central problem and the first obstacle in solving it.

Act II) Conflict and Struggle
Here the main character encounters more choices that create more conflict. You need to ask yourself if the hero can achieve his goal despite this or despite that. Your plot should have at least three major obstacles to overcome and more challenging than the one before.

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  1. Hi Carma...great post, with helpful tips that we as writers need to always make note of. Keep up the great work!

    Donna McDine

  2. Hi Donna,
    I guess we can never get enough tips. There are just too many to ever remember. Thanks for the nice comment.


  3. Thank you so much for posting this!
    This was really helpful to my daughter, i sent her this link and she is now telling me how much this has helped her! Its so generous of you to share your knowlegde!


  4. Hi Allie,
    Thanks for stopping by. I am happy to share information that will help other writers move forward. I am still learning and my desire is to pass it on to others.


  5. Hi Carma,
    Good post. Since I write so much for business, I tend to forget some of the basics for my own writing.


  6. Hey Judy,
    This is the kind of thing that can be applied any where. It is good to be versatile.