A Narrative Arc

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A Narrative Arc

A strong story plot has a narrative arc that has four required elements of its own.

🧐 Setup

The world in which the protagonist exists prior to the journey. The setup usually ends with the conflict being revealed.

🤨 Rising Tension

The series of obstacles the protagonist must overcome. Each obstacle is usually more difficult and with higher stakes than the previous one.

🤯 Climax

The point of highest tension, and the major decisive turning point for the protagonist.

😲 Resolution

The conflict’s conclusion. This is where the protagonist finally overcomes the conflict, learns to accept it, or is ultimately defeated by it. Regardless, this is where the journey ends.