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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Three: Elements of Act One

August 9, 2018 by Sarra Cannon

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Hey, guys, and welcome back to my series on how to plot your novel. Today, we are going to be talking about the elements of Act One.

This is part 3 of my 8-part series on outlining a novel, and I hope you’ll come back each week for the remaining parts. Near the bottom of this post, there is a link to the other parts of the series, as well as a place to sign up and receive a free plotting guide, which we’ll be going through in detail throughout this series!

How To Plot Your Novel, Video Three: Act One

Download Your Free “Plot Your Novel” Workbook

In an effort to make this plotting video series even more awesome, I have put together a Plot Your Novel workbook that will guide you through every step of the outlining process. And what’s even better is that it’s completely free!!

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Act Two, Part One

In my next video, we’ll be looking at the elements of Act Two, Part One. Since Act Two is the longest, meatiest part of the novel, I find it easier to break it into two separate sections: Part One and Part Two.

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Do you have any questions about the elements of Act One? Did this help clarify some of the plotting process for beginning your story and setting things up? Let me know in the comments below!

Plotting Your Novel, Act One

The How To Plot Your Novel Video Series

If you are like me and you need to have an idea of the outline and plot of your novel before you start writing, then you are in for a treat! Over the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing with you an 8-part video series on How To Plot Your Novel. Here is what we will cover:

  1. Overview of Story Structure and Why I Plot
  2. Writing Great Characters
  3. Elements of Act One
  4. The First Half of Act Two
  5. The Second Half of Act Two
  6. Elements of Act Three
  7. Bringing It All Together
  8. What Happens If You Get Stuck?

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Sarra Cannon

Hi, I'm Sarra!

I have been self-publishing my books since 2010, and in that time, I've sold well over half a million copies of my books. I'm not a superstar or a huge bestseller, but I have built an amazing career that brings me great joy. Here at Heart Breathings, I hope to help you find that same level of success. Let's do this.


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