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In this episode, we address the paradox of showing genuine change in the third act: if true character is only revealed through action in conflict, then how do you demonstrate the c...

Lesson 26: Act 3 - Return

In this episode, the protagonist reaches the final, and perhaps most difficult, threshold in the journey: the return to the ordinary world. Learn how and why characters must come h...

In this episode, we arrive in the final act of the story, and discuss how and why the resolution should not just be an afterthought to your climax. Learn how to create a resolution...

Lesson 24: Act 2 - Climax

In this episode, Act 2 comes to an explosive end, as the effects of the crisis decision ripple out into a final confrontation between protagonist and antagonist. Learn how to use t...

Lesson 23: Act 2 - Crisis

In this episode, Trevor discusses what is perhaps the most important part of any story -- the final crisis before the act 2 climax. Learn how to bring your characters to their lowe...

In this episode, Trevor talks about what to do when you hit the halfway point in your story: how to use this moment to increase the effect of your crisis and climax, improve pacin...

In this episode, Trevor talks plot reversals and revelations, how to twist your story without losing your reader, and ways to effectively set up big story payoffs in your own writ...

In this episode, Trevor talks about how to develop your supporting cast, create compelling subplots, and find the organic structure of your narrative. Learn how to humanize the bit...

In this episode, Trevor talks about the distinction between villains and antagonists, how to humanize them in the story, and ways to create memorable, necessary opponents for your ...

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