Three Act Structure


In his novel, Plot & Structure, James Scott Bell uses the three act structure as his basis. He further breaks down the acts into Beginnings (Act 1), Middles (Act 2), and Endings (Act 3) … each with their own chapter.

This seems to be the most common setup for most stories, especially novels and plays.

Do you use the three act structure in your stories?

I prefer using the Hero’s Journey in the three act structure model, Mr. Bell gives a great example in his book (I’ve used different wording than he does in his example):

Act 1

  • Ordinary World
  • Call to Adventure
  • Refusal of the Call
  • Crossing the Threshold

Act 2

  • Meeting the Mentor
  • Road of Trials
  • Moment of Darkness
  • Supernatural Aid

Act 3

  • Final Battle
  • Return with Elixir

Although I prefer to used a slightly more complicated Hero’s Journey in my stories, check it out HERE.