How, then, do you figure it out?
Take Act I and focus in on what needs to be accomplished before we hit Plot Point I and dive into Act II. What are your goals for Act I? What do you want the reader to experience? When Act I is over, what is it you want the reader to think, feel, and understand?
Here are some possibilities:
- Goal #1 - The Main Character: the reader understands and begins to associate with the main character (including the key obstacles that he or she needs to overcome).
- Goal #2 – The Foundation: the story’s premise and plot are developed.
- Goal #3 – Engagement: The reader is fully engaged in the story and can’t put it down.
Goals are important. They define how we will interact with the fictional world around us. The next time you sit down in front of the keyboard or notepad, write out your goals and intentions for Act I. Try it!
Did I miss any critical goals for Act I? Do you have a different set of goals when you begin to put words on a page? Let me know!