Write Your Novel Step by Step (95)
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~ Step 95 ~



Plot - Act Three Beginning


Act three is the buildup to and, of course, the climax itself.  All the plot points in the story have been set up in the first act, developed in the second, and the third act is where everything comes together for better or for worse.  


The beginning of the third act is a response to the plot twist of the second act.  If you put the twist in the middle of the second act, then the characters spent the remaining part of act two recovering from that set back and getting ready to start again.  In such a case, the beginning of act three feels like the beginning of the quest all over again - with renewed resolve.


If you put the twist at the end of the second act, then it dropped like a bombshell and changed the whole purpose of what the characters are trying to achieve.  In this case, act three begins with the characters setting off in a whole new direction than at the beginning of the quest.


Either way, the reader should be made to know that this is the start of the final push toward the ultimate climax or reckoning.


Referring to the material you selected for the third act, describe the exposition you wish to reveal to your audience right off the bat, kicking off the final drive toward the climax.