#15 Screenwriter: Act II

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Now that Act I is done, your protagonist’s journey really kicks into high gear.
This is what comes after the Central Question:

Act II the Wanderer
14 plot points, in the first half of beats.

Act II the Warrior
14 plot points in the second half of beats.

The nature of these 28 plot points is to: Alternate bringing the hero closer and then farther away from answering the Central Question. First “yes” and then “no.”

These are called “yes/no reversals.”
Any situation that brings your main character closer to his goal is a “yes.” Anything that threatens to take him further away is a “no.”

Road blocks go up, and the protagonist finds a way over, around, under, or through them. An even larger one looms on the horizon, and the protagonist dispatches that one as well.

Just remember: In both halves of Act II, there are 14 “Yes” plot points
and 14 “No” plot points each.

lets look at the plot points in the first half of Act II: from Star Wars.

Will Luke become a Jedi, save the Princess and destroy the Death Star? YES HE WILL – He goes to Mos Eisley with Obi Wan and the droids. He’s on the way to becoming a Jedi! He’s going save the Princess! He’s going to blow up the Death Star! Only. . .NO HE WON’T – They are stopped by Storm Troopers. They’re going to get caught. He’s failed the Central Question. It’s over. Only. . .YES HE WILL – Obi Wan uses the Force and they get past. He’s going to become a Jedi! He’s going to save the Princess! He’s gonna blow up the Death Star! Only. . .NO HE WON’T – They go to the bar and Luke is attacked. He’s failed again. Only. . .YES HE WILL – Obi Wan Saves him, they find Han Solo and make a deal to leave. NO HE WON’T – Han is stopped by Greedo who wants to kill him. Disaster! Only. . .YES HE WILL – Han kills Greedo. Luke sells his speeder and they have enough money for the moment. He’s going to become a Jedi! He’s going to save the Princess! He’s going blow up the Death Star! Only. . .Back and forth — push and pull — give and take — for every action, there is an opposite. . .you’ve got the idea.

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