|Yup, bad sh*t happens in Act 3|
|Sweeney, being all |
smart and stuff
"What happens is, the hero is pretty lame in Acts 1 and 2, but after that low point pushes all their buttons, they start trying harder. The reader wants to see some chance they can succeed. They want to see the growth in Act 3, but you also are raising the stakes, escalating the dangers and making the antagonist much more powerful than we guessed. At end of Act 3, you throw a curve that changes and raises the stakes tremendously, heading into the climax."
And then she offered this (hypothetical!) example:
"I can't pay my mortgage, and I spend Acts 1 and 2 trying to dogdge the mortgage company. Low point is notice of foreclosure...looks like I'm going to lose the house, right? But I refuse to give up and spend act three finding a new way to raise money for mortgage payments. End of Act 3 I find out someone in city hall is out to get me and they tore up all the checks I sent. Climax...I fight city hall. That make it clearer? It keeps you from being linear to twist and turn the reader's hopes."
I don't know about you, but that clarified things quite a bit for me. So, fellow bloggees, have you figured out your curve ball for the end of Act 3? That ought to be coming up in...let's see...about 10 days if you're doing NaNo.