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Timmy 12-03-2011 02:08 AM

Loop Structure
 
Look at the wired article:
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/09/mf_harmon/all/1

The article answers the "Alternative to 3 act structure?" thread.

See how he says, "If a plot doesn’t follow these steps, the embryo is invalid."

See how it's distilled Joseph Campbell.

Hero's Journey all the way, dudes and dudettes.

Recreant 12-03-2011 09:22 AM

Re: Loop Structure
 
I still see it as three acts... that circle is in 4 chunks - act 1, first half of act 2, second half of act 2, and 3rd act.

I guess where the numbers are is a general idea as I would think #4 a character adapting to their new situation would often come a bit later... probably closer to the 5. I'd also combine 7 with 8 and in 7's place put something about overcoming the big obstacle.

I'm thinking I might combine this approach with Blake Snyder's save the cat beats. Maybe try to find 12 beats so I can call it clock structure. Great way to procrastinate on this cold morning.


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