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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 10

Begin at the Beginning

If character is the heart and soul of your story, plot is the road map that will help that character navigate from beginning to end. Many writers struggle with plot, but that’s not a reason to fear it. Once you know the basic landmarks, plot becomes easy to understand and put into action. It all boils down to the DIY MFA “secret sauce” formula for story structure.

DIY MFA “Secret Sauce” Formula: 3 + 2 = 1

You read that right. While it might seem to defy the rules of arithmetic, 3 + 2 = 1; that is, when we talk about story structure. In every story you have the same set of ingredients. You start with three acts: the beginning, the middle, and the end. As you transition from one act to the next, you hit two crucial ...

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