Telling a story requires taking your protagonist through a series of stages in which he resolves the central problem that set the tale in motion. Here’s a set of articles about those stages:
• Parts of a plot
• Inciting incident
• Rising action
• Sidebar: Your main character must fail
• Falling Action/Denouement
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