Aaron Sorkin’s Rules for 3-Act Structure

Be it through novels, screenplays, stage plays or short fiction, many people have stories they want to tell. Unfortunately, many people have no clue about story structure. However, I came across something I think will help.

All stories have three acts. IDC IDC IDC what you think, this is the truth. Three acts: beginning, middle, and end.

Setup, conflict, resolution.

Three acts.

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So, I’m Abandoning My Novel …

Neil Gaiman has famously advised, Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.

Well, Neil, I’m afraid I’m about to disappoint you.

It is with a heavy heart that I must announce I am giving up on Hollywood Whisper. Aka A Whisper in Hollywood.

Aka Truffle Butter.

Why? The simple, honest truth is that I just wasn’t feeling it anymore. I was stuck, but not because I had writer’s block — not in the traditional sense, anyway. I knew where the story was headed. It had all been meticulously plotted out. And, at one point in time, I thought this was a story I wanted to tell.

I thought it was a story I wanted to read.

Alas, I guess that was false.

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“Drama is Basically About One Thing” #jfxxxvi

Aaron Sorkin

“[T]he trick is to follow the rules of classic storytelling. Drama is basically about one thing: Somebody wants something, and something or someone is standing in the way of him getting it. What he wants—the money, the girl, the ticket to Philadelphia—doesn’t really matter. But whatever it is, the audience has to want it for him.”

Aaron Sorkin