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Plot - Act One Middle


The middle of act one should be designed to set up the situation and goal.  Even though you should reveal the goal in this section, you don't need to have the protagonist accept the goal at this time.


If your goal requires a lot of preparation before starting on the quest, then you might want to have the acceptance of the goal by the end of this section and the preparation in the next section.


In contrast, if your protagonist needs to think or to do something before accepting the goal and/or there is no preparation needed before the quest, then the acceptance of the goal can happen in the end section of the first act instead.


Referring the material you selected for the first act, describe the plot exposition you wish to reveal as your story begins to unfold.