OPINION: Why Your Second Act Must Have Escalating Stakes

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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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Why Screenwriters Should Consider a Second Act Subplot

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While first and third acts pose their own challenges, it’s in the weeds of the second act that many scripts (and movies for that matter) go astray. Introducing a second …

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