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Story Engineering by Larry Brooks

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34WRAPPING YOUR HEAD AROUND THE MIDPOINT

A funny thing happened on the way to the ending of the story. Everythingchanged. Right in the middle, in fact. A big fat unexpected twist.

Or not. The Midpoint context shift can be as subtle as a distant look in a lover’s eye.

The Midpoint is one of the three major milestones in story structure. It is easily defined and an extremely flexible tool to use. In fact, that’s precisely its undoing for newer writers and those who don’t write from a context of solid story architecture—it’s too easy. Which makes it easy to skip altogether.

Definition of the Midpoint: new information that enters the story squarely in the middle of it that changes the contextual experience and understanding of either the reader ...

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