20/80, Blake Snyder, inciting incident, LEGALLY BLONDE, mid-point turn, Save the Cat, three-act structure -

Most everyone is familiar with the standard three-act structure. We’ve got our first-10; inciting incident on pg 17; plot point one on pg 30; midpoint turn on pg 50; plot point two on ppg 70-75; climax, and denouement. Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat offers a slightly different model, but it’s pretty much in the same ballpark. There is another structural model. It has no name, so I’ve just been calling it the “20/80” because, simply put, plot point lands on pg 20, and plot point two is on pg 80. It’s the minor key of screenplay structure. The other hallmark...

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internal arc, LEGALLY BLONDE, midpoint turn, protagonist's goals, protagonist's methods -

When it comes to conversations around three-act structure, it’s rare to see much attention given to the midpoint turn. And while it might not be as consistently vital as plot points one and two, there is a lot of potential value to be had from a strong midpoint turn. Because: the midpoint turn breaks up the action of the second act. It divides our second act into two halves. The first half is in reaction to plot point one. The second half – from the midpoint turn on – builds toward plot point two and the climax. The midpoint turn...

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