Beginnings explain who the story is about and how they got into the story-worthy problem situation. First we see our protagonist in his ordinary world (however not-ordinary this world may be for the reader, it’s normal life for him.)
Act II is the major part of the novel. It is the confrontation, a series of battles between the Lead and the opposition. The various plot strands weave in and out of one another, creating a feeling of inevitability while at the same time surprising the reader in various ways.
At this point, the reader has felt and seen the forces gather against the protagonist. Absolute disaster is just around the corner. The way you set up the story up to this point, determines the expectation readers have about how it will end. For them, it’s more than an expectation, it’s a silent promise you made. A noisy action packed story promised a big bang at the end. A subtle story promised a quiet ending.
Act transitions ease your reader from one act to another. Think of them like doorways, one-way doorways to be exact. The transition is the doorway, not a room of its own.
It’s the oldest of ancient yet magnificent. The hero’s journey shows the path a man walks through trails, adventure and danger to save the day and become a hero. Here are the 17 stepping stones.
Stories are told in three parts (a part is called an act), the beginning, the middle, and the end. In other words, act 1, act 2 and act 3. Each part serves a specific and important role in telling the story. The beginning introduces the main characters in their daily environment and sets them on course of the adventure or problem. The middle is used to explore options, deepen the characters and set all the elements up to be in just the right place for the finale. The finale is where the fireworks happen, the deepest depths and the highest high, the grand battle and resolution.