How to write three acts

three-acts, plays, screenplays, story editing, substantive editing

The three-act structure: our brains are wired for it.

It’s simple really. Act 1  sets the scene. In Act 2, the hero pursues what she wants. And, in Act 3, she goes after what she needs. In a story that ends happily, she will prevail thanks to the insight that she has gained through her struggle.

The three-act template is a very handy tool both for building and analyzing plots. If you want a fuller version of the three-act structure, send me a note and I’ll email you one.

And, if you’d like me to assess your plot outline or your completed draft using the three-act lens, I’d be just as pleased as punch to do that.

About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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