OPINION: Why Your Second Act Must Have Escalating Stakes

escalating stakes in Ready Player One

The second act is all about escalating stakes. Absolute urgency. There’s a gap in the classic three act structure as extolled by many screenwriting books and teachers. The problem is …

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OPINION: Finding The Perfect Closure

closure in La La Land

Finding the perfect ending is difficult, even for professional writers and big-budget films. The resolution after the climax provides closure for the audience and characters. Sometimes termed the “denouement,” this scene is …

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