My regulars know that I usually don’t post on Thursdays. I’m excited to get this post out there because the next post is where I show you how to bring a storyboard to life. I’m looking forward to that one.
Here is my reminder for act three of the story:
This is the big boss battle. Everything you’ve been building up to happens here. Love triangles are broken, ships are sunk, throats are cut, revenge is taken. Any reward you have planned gets issued, and you drop the curtain.
I don’t even use a card for the ending. I made one, but it’s not worth displaying. The story ends. Act Three is usually the shortest act, so it deserves the shortest post.
All the structure part of this series is to show you what I personally do. You can glean the interesting stuff and leave the rest, but check back tomorrow.
If you only fill out these important points in your planning, you already have a decent outline. Maybe you prefer a few lines in a notebook instead of a board. That’s cool too, just write between the important points.
I like to use movie examples, because more people are likely to have seen a film. Here are some examples of the big changes these cards represent:
- Sheriff Brody says, “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”
- Wyatt Earp stands in a downpour and it washes his dead brother’s blood from his shirt. Part of his soul washes away too.
- A dying cop, (played by Sean Connery) grabs Elliot Ness by the shirt and says, “What are you prepared to do?”
- Harry Potter walks into Hogwarts for the first time.
- Davy Jones asks, “Do you fear death?”
Maybe you prefer a different story structure. Your cards might say:
- Put the character up a tree.
- Throw rocks at him.
- Get the character out of the tree.
1.) Once Upon a Time __________
2.) And every day ______________
3.) Until one day _______________
4.) And because of this __________
5.) And because of this __________
6.) Until finally _________________
7.) And ever since that day _______
I like three act structure. I make extra cards to go between the important parts. I might have seven cards in Act One, but the first one starts me off. I don’t make the cards in order either. I may have two cards for Act Three while I’m working on Act one.
I move the cards around. Sometimes they just fit the story better in another place. I don’t have to scratch out my notes and try again. I just drag the card to a new location. Sometimes I drag it back.
Early in the game, my cards are only a word or two. I go back and add info as it occurs to me.
I’m about to start outlining four potential stories. I’m going to add a card here and there until one of them demands to be written.
Tomorrow is all about the cool things you can do with a storyboard, beyond index cards.
Read Part Two here.
Read Part Four here.