Myth #10: Three-Act Structure Matters
Most screenwriting books and classes speak at length about “three-act structure” and about how your script must conform to that formula. In those same books and classes, you will also hear a lot about “beats” and “plot points” and about how you must work these out with technical precision before you start writing.
“Must,” as I suggested in Myth #1, has little place in either a creative artist’s vocabulary or work habits.
All That Matters Is Your Story
Your screenplay and its structure exist to serve your story and its ultimate translation into film, not the other way around. Story is king, not structure.
When you write on the Muse Stream and are in tune with your characters, story and script, your screenplay’s acts, plot points and beats occur naturally and intuitively. They don’t need to be planned, plotted, engineered or graphed. And while they may need to be tweaked in future drafts, the revision process can be just as intuitive, if you get out of the way of your screenplay’s innate wisdom.
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