Thursday, March 25, 2010

Best. News. Ever!!!

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to give you breaking news:

I got accepted to grad school!!!!!!!!!!

I'm gonna get a Master's in Literature!!!!!!!!

I'm in way over my head!!!!!!

But I don't care!!!!!!!!!


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Today I'm taking a break from opening lines and queries to give you a pretty cool link. Diana Peterfreund, author of YA novels Rampant and Tap and Gown: An Ivy League Novel, posted an interesting piece on the four-act structure for writing a novel. Peterfreund uses the story of one of her favorite movies, The Matrix, to show writers how they can break the novel into coherent sections without "sagging in the middle".

Here's the link:

So spill: are you a fan of the four-act structure vs. the three-act?

Personally, I'm torn. But I hope to find a favorite in the super near future...

Until then, I'm out celebrating!!!


  1. Congrats! Three or four acts: I've always imagined the third act broken into two sections (the before and the after of THE EVENT).

    Thanks for following.

  2. Congratulations! That is a huge deal!!

  3. Thanks to all of you!!!! Sending well wishes right back at ya!

    Caroline- I like how you put it. Maybe I can start visualizing the third act as just a combo of before-after. Makes sense. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Congrats! That's great!

  5. Thanks, Jana!! Truly appreciate your support!