Dec/Jan NaNoWriMo 2014/15 Day 18: Outline and Story Structure Part 3

Hey guys! I had another good writing session (1,867 words). Spent time working on side characters. Sometimes you need a break from your main character. Side characters offer you the opportunity to have a little fun. Contemplating a spin off novel. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself. I still have to finish and publish this book before I can even think about a spinoff.

So here are my stats:

Word Count Goal: 33,340

Words Written: 36,546

Woohoo! I am still ahead. If I can maintain this pace, I should hit 50,000 words by the time school starts in two weeks. I am about one third into Act 2 and I am pleased with my progress so far. I’m getting into the meat of the story, so things are starting to get interesting.

Okay, so today, I am going to go through the final part of Act 1 in the 3 Act, 9 Block, 27 Chapter Story Structure outline I have been using for my novel. If you don’t know what I am talking about, please read Part 1 and Part 2 first.

So for the final block of Act 1 we have the following three story point:

Pressure: The hero begins to feel the stress and pressure of the task before them. During training for The Hunger Games, Katniss begins to feel anxious about her score. She needs to rank high if she is going to land sponsors and survive in the arena.

Pinch: This pressure leads directly into the pinch. Things start to get a little more complicated for our hero. They begin to wonder if they made the right decision refusing the call to adventure mentioned in the previous blocks.

Push: Finally, there is the push. In Star Wars, this is when Luke returns home to find that his aunt and uncle have been brutally murdered by the Empire. Without the restraints of family, Luke has nothing keeping him on Tatoonie and joins Obi-Wan on his quest to Alderaan. This brings us to the second act of the story.

Oftentimes, these three story points can be condensed. As long as the hero feels pressure and experiences something that forces him or her into the second act, then it doesn’t matter if you follow the structure exactly. In fact, you don’t have to. Like I said in my previous posts, every story has its own structure.

Tomorrow, I will discuss the first block of Act 2.

Until then, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!

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