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Instead of three-act structure, I’m thinking of it as seven-part harmony:
First, the melody, where the basic conflict is demonstrated on a small, simple scale.
Second, the counterpoint, where the other basic conflict is demonstrated. That’s right – you need two.
Third, interruptions, where everyone involved tries to prevent the conflict from taking place.
Fourth, the turning point, where it becomes clear that the real conflict goes much deeper than we thought.
Fifth, the leg sweep, where something vital is taken away, and it looks like all is lost.
Sixth, the crisis, where everything is on the line for one final showdown.
Seventh, the punchline, where we learn what it all means.What’s great about this model is that it’s fractal.


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