Tip: Story Structure as an Idea Tool

When a new story idea strikes, instead of only considering it as an entire script, see what happens when it’s plugged into different sections of story structure.

Maybe what I initially assume is the whole story is actually just…

  • what happens up to the first act break.
  • what happens from the beginning of Act 2 up to raising the stakes at the midpoint.
  • what happens leading up to the Inciting Incident.
  • what happens in Act 3.
  • … and so on.

I’ve found the ideas lurking under other ideas often lead me down new and interesting paths.  If I’m too busy basking in the glow of a wonderful new idea, those hidden gems could be lost forever.


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