Posted by: nancyisanders | February 25, 2013

Plot Changes: An Overview

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A story that uses a story arc has a beginning, a middle, and an ending. The beginning of the story is where the main character and the main story problem are introduced. Then the first change in the plot occurs. This change is so significant that it’s comparable to a bridge the main character walks across and then blows up behind him. The main character cannot go back and is forced to move forward into the middle of the story.

The middle of the story is where the main character comes face to face with the main story problem. At the very center of the middle, the second change in plot occurs. This change transitions from the first half of the middle into the second half of the middle. This change is so significant that it’s like another bridge. The main character crosses this bridge and then it blows up behind him. The main character cannot turn around or go back and is forced to move forward into the second half of the middle.

When the second half of the middle draws to a close, the third change occurs in the plot. Once again, this change is so significant that it’s like another bridge. The main character crosses this bridge and then it blows up behind him. The main character cannot go back and is forced to move forward into the ending of the story.

The ending of the story is where the main character solves the main story problem. The story wraps up and comes to a satisfying conclusion.

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  1. Straight forward and easy-to-understand post, Nancy! :-)

    • Thanks, Tracy! Glad you find this post helpful. We’ll be going more in-depth on plot strategies here on my blog in upcoming posts, but for now I want to present the basics.


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