In an effort to get “unstuck” and get back to some serious writing, I’ve been reviewing my story scene-by-scene. What do I have and what do I need to round out each act? Are my scenes doing what I need them to do? Do they escalate the action? Move the story forward? While thinking about all of this, I realized I needed to go back to the basics and look at my structure, and that meant I needed a refresher on what each act should do.
So, I dug through my class notes (I created a wiki that’s a little treasure trove of great writing information). Low and behold, I found this gem. According to what we learned at McD the Four Act structure should look something like this: