Ὅλον δέ ἐστιν τὸ ἔχον ἀρχὴν καὶ μέσον καὶ τελευτήν."
(And everything has to pass in the beginning, and in the midst of it.)
Aristotle, Poetics
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Hi ! I'm back with ' ways to plan a story '. In this article Im going to show the 3 acts structure in which you can plan your novel, short story or screenplay.

As always, hope this will be usefull for those out there who dream of big stories.

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The past has influenced the ways in which we tell stories, that's a fact.
In this case Aristotle has a big part of the work.

The 3 acts structure retraces the circle of life and it was explained by the greek phylosopher in the Poetics.
In this kind of structure the acts' proportion is
1:2:1 / 25% : 50% : 25%

But let's go through it in order.

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Act I
The first act has to prepare the story, the concept. The aim should be to give the essential informations that are needed to undertand the story that is slowly going on. The concept iitself can be divided into high and low concept.
The high concept is the mostly related to the development of the plot, the low one on the characters.

In this part the main problem is growing and getting the readers into the story.

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Act II
The second act is fight, conflict, crisis. The protagonist is going to face the main problem, going trough obstacles that try to die him down.

This second part could be pictured as a bridge from the protagonist to the solution. Our hero (or whatever) is walking on this bridge.
It concludes when the protagonist is almost on the other side, he's reaching the solution and then something unexpected happens.

Act III
An event may stop our hero, maybe it will make him fall from the bridge.
Anyway, the thing has to conclude, somehow. The conflict is over, and the resolution, whether a happy ending or not, ends the story.

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As I said in the previous article about 5 acts structure, this is a possible scheme to plan a story...but how do we make a stable plot?

Case #1: You just want to plan the development of the story. You are an instinctive writer.
In this case I'd suggest you to figure out the main important things in each act, like characters, the problem, the obstacles and the final solution and then ... just write !

Case #2: You want a few details planned. Maybe you don't know how to continue and expand, because you don't want everything planned but a line is not enough to give your story a stability.
With a 3 acts structure its even simpler to expand the three parts into paragraphs that develop the content of every act, and then go on as you wish :)

Case #3: You want to plan e v e r y t h i n g . Every chapter and scene.
Well, you will have to expand every element, from the first context, to the problem, the solution and deline the obstacles. Then you can divide the acts into chapters or scenes so you'll be able to write with a super stable planned story.

What kind of writer are you?
I am a Case #2 ;)

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