Miko Johnston is the author of Petals in the Wind.
She first first contemplated a writing career as a poet at
age six. That notion ended four years later when she found no 'help wanted' ads
for poets in the Sunday NY Times classified section, but her desire to write
persisted. After graduating from NY University, she headed west to pursue a
career as a journalist before switching to fiction. Miko lives on Whidbey
Island in Washington. You can find out more about her books and follow her for
her latest releases at Amazon.
FROM SCREEN TO PAGE, Part 3
Today we wrap up our discussion about the basic rules of screenplays that would benefit fiction writers. We’ve already covered the four story questions every writer must be able to answer (see post from September 9), and how your protagonist must undergo a transformation (see post from November 4. And now the final point:
ü Use the three-act structure in novels
Most plays and films are written in three acts. It’s a time-proven method to follow when writing any long form fiction, including books, because it provides structure without limiting creativity.
In a novel, Act I begins with Once upon a time and ends around the first crisis, or inciting incident – the event that launches the story. Act II follows and is often divided into two scenes with a second crisis point in the middle. This mid-point crisis lifts up the middle of the story and raises the stakes. Act II ends around the final crisis point, the story’s climax. Act III resolves the climax and takes us to the story’s resolution and ideally, a satisfying ending.
Here is a simple diagram illustrating the three act structure as it appears in novels: