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~ Step 143 ~



Act Two Genre Elements


In the second act, your story's genre personality develops more specific traits or elements that shift it out of the realm of a broad personality type and into the realm of the individual.  Your readers come to expect certain things from your story, both in the elements and in the style with which they are presented.


If the first impression of your novel as developed in act one is a true representation of the underpinnings of your story's personality, then act two adds details and richness to the overall feel over the novel.  But if the first impression is a deception hiding a different story personality beneath it, then act two brings elements to the surface that reveal the basic nature of its true personality.


Referring to the material you have already developed in the Exposition Stage, select the genre elements that would be best doled out in the second act.