Now that we’ve passed the midpoint, things are starting to heat up in our story. The second half of the second act is where
your plot really starts popping. Your main character caps the dramatic event at the
midpoint with his decision to stop reacting and start acting. Almost always, this
is born of a personal revelation, even if the character can’t yet quite put it
into concrete terms. As of the midpoint, he’s becoming someone new. He’s
realizing his full power and stretching his wings to discover what he can do
with that power. His crippling inner problems are still getting in the way,
but, at the very least, he’s realizing that he has to do something either about
or in spite of them.
What is the second half of the second act?
Where does the second half of the second act belong?
Examples from film and literature
Stay tuned: Next week we’ll talk about the Third Act.
Tell me your opinion: Does your character start to take action after the midpoint?
Related Posts: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint
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