Progress Report February 2021: Short Month, Short Update

February went fast, didn’t it? So let’s do this fast, bullet-points style:

  • Part 1 has been written, re-written, and is now done with the first round of edits. I’ve also gone through it a second time based on my editor’s feedback to iron out some details. 
  • Part 2 has been written, re-written, and is now done with the first round of edits. My editor just finished giving me feedback and we’ve had some conversations about some proposed improvements/re-writes. 
  • Part 3 has been written and now I’m re-writing it. I’m excited about this, because part 3 is typically where the protagonist reaches the midpoint of the story.

In traditional story structure, the midpoint “keeps the second act from dragging” or sets up a series of events that takes the characters into the climax. Here’s where a big twist or event happens: a character reveals their true intentions, someone dies, or reaches a point of no return. Joseph Campbell calls this the “Revelation” part of his Hero’s Journey:

I’m going to attempt to pull off not one, but 2 “revelations” for my protagonist — one professional, one personal, but both equally devastating, and both related to each other. It is, after all, a tragedy.