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~ Step 101 ~

Structural Relationship Intros – Act 1

So far in act one you have worked out the manner in which you will introduce your characters as people and how the introduction to each character’s structural role might be integrated into that and in what order.

In this step, build on those introductions and the material you have already developed in the Exposition Stage regarding your characters’ structural relationships.

Weave as many of these structural relationship introductions as you can into the moments you already devised in the last two steps.  In this way, you won't get stuck individually introducing just the characters’ identities, then all their structural roles, then structural relationships and so on, which would be stilted and predictable.

In short, briefly describe how you will introduce the structural relationships among your characters to your readers in act one of your novel.