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"THE SIX ACT TWO-GOAL NOVEL" BY MICHAEL NEFF -- EDITOR AT AUTHOR SALON


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 03:09 AM

WRITING THE SIX ACT TWO-GOAL NOVEL
Master Reference Guide For Creating and Structuring Plot - All Genres - by Michael Neff
Links:   Posted Image Field's Three Act Structure   Posted Image Siegal's Nine Act Structure   Posted Image The Plot, Setting and Conflict Outline

The "Plot Point" is sometimes defined a bit differently depending on who you read. At Author Salon we define it as a major occurrence that emphatically changes the course of the story. In an average novel of any genre, we see three to five major plot points depending on various factors: first PP that begins the rising action, second PP defined by the first major reversal, a third PP defined by a possible second major reversal, a climax PP, and a theoretical PP residing in the denouement, i.e., we think the story is going to resolve a certain way after climax but a surprise happens that resolves it differently

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Author Salon has developed the Six Act Two-Goal novel structure for writers of book-length fiction and nonfiction. The point here is to understand and utilize a tightly plotted act structure, similar to that used by screenplay writers, to effectively brainstorm and outline a very competitive and suspenseful plot for the genre novel, i.e., fantasy, SF, YA/MG, mystery, and so forth. Upmarket or literary fiction with a strong plot also benefits. We combine Siegal's "nine act structure - two goal" screenplay (very much like the Syd Field three act except that the "reversal" from Field's structure becomes the "Act 5" in Siegal's version) with the Field classic three act. The Two-Goal Structure, Siegal maintains, creates more dynamic plot tension due to the insertion of PLOT REVERSAL later in the story, and we concur with this.

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