Having explored most of the major screenwriting books like Story by Robert McKee, Anatomy of Story by John Truby, Screenwriting for Hollywood (audio book) by Michael Hague, The Writer’s Journey by Chris Vogler, Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and The Sequence Approach by Paul Joseph Gulino (among others) I’m still convinced 3 Act structure is the way that feels right, the most organic. What about you? Are you using 3 Act, or finding Truby’s 22 Steps better, or the 8 Sequence approach?
I see the ‘Turning Points’ in 3 Act structure as stepping stones between which we the writer have absolute freedom to create character, scribble scenes, dabble with dialogue, search for subtext etc. while needing to step on these crucial stones so that our heroes can reach their goals. What do you think? Which structure are you using? Or if you’re a novelist do you follow structure at all? Should novels obey the rules of screenplays or should there be more freedom for fiction?
Rules of structure are there to be learned, distilled and then shattered….
ps: you can quote me 🙂
Am so into 3 acts right now. Love having a hard core structure that leaves the rest of my enfeebled thoughts free to create as best they can. Although – Act 1 is pretty short. But that’s allowed, right?
It depends. I recommend exploring Michael Hague’s teachings for a deeper understanding of 3 Act Structure.