The Problem/Decision Arc in MAN OF STEEL

One of the best tools I’ve found for understanding the storytelling process is the problem/decision arc. If a novel is thought to have 4 acts or movements, this tool proposes that a problem appears in each act, and is followed by a decision by the protagonist. As a writer, working out what these five problems …

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5 Inciting Incidents

The first important structural moment in a story, whether a novel or movie, is its Inciting Incident. Robert McKee defines this as an event that “radically upsets the balance of forces in the protagonist’s life.” The event worsens his (or her) life in some way, presenting him with a dire problem he cannot ignore. It …

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