The third act is the moment we’ve all been waiting for—readers,
writers, and characters alike. This final section of the story is the point. It’s what we’ve been building up to all this time. If the first and
second acts were engaging and aesthetic labyrinths, the third act is where X
marks the spot. We’ve found the treasure. Now it’s time to start digging.
|It’s a Wonderful Life’s third act opens with the angel Clarence granting George’s wish to never be born.|
Tell me your opinion: Does your third act tie off all the loose ends?
Related Posts: The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 1: Why Should Authors Care?
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 7: The Midpoint
The Secrets of Story Structure, Pt. 8: The Second Half of the Second Act
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Story by K.M. Weiland