Linear Structure In A Story

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Linear stories are generally told as a progression through three acts. The progression of these acts is formally known as the three act structure. The three act structure is a well-known and used model that divides a fictional narrative into three parts or acts; the setup, the confrontation and the resolution often known as the beginning, middle and end. “A story is composed of parts- characters, plot, action, dialogue, scenes, sequences, incidents, events- and you, as a writer must organise these parts into a whole, with a definite shape and for, complete with beginning, middle and end.” (Field, 2008, p. 28). Syd Field has being teaching the structure of screenplay for many years and understands the major role in which it plays for writing a perfect screenplay. Structure is a key element and almost all dramatic stories follow the three act structure. In literature, narrative refers to the telling of a story through particular events. Linear narratives follow a straight line, starting and the beginning, moving to the middle and finishing at the end. The three act structure follows this layout as Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3.
Each act contributes differently to the story, act 1 is a unit of dramatic action that is about twenty to thirty pages long (Field, 2005, p. 7). It develops the set up for the story which is a critical and crucial moment. The writer creates the world in which the story will take place, this must be carefully thought out to hold the audience 's attention
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