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~ Step 122 ~



Establishing Counterpoint – Act One


In this step, you not only need to determine whether the Counterpoint is good or bad, but if it is better, worse, or the same as the Message Issue, morally speaking within the specific context of your novel.


Keep in mind that the strongest thematic argument is made when the two sides of the issue are shown as independently having both good and bad attributes, and compared to one another it is not a black and white case of one being all good and the other all bad.


In the last step, you have already chosen which of the illustrations of your message issue you wish to serve as an introduction to your readers in act one.


In this step, list the examples of the Counterpoint you have already developed in the Exposition Stage that you would like to serve as your readers’ first impression of the other side of your thematic argument in act one.