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How To Plot Your Novel, Part Four: The First Half of Act Two

August 16, 2018 by Sarra Cannon

Writing Tips

Welcome back to my “How To Plot Your Novel” video series. Today, we are covering the elements of the first half of Act Two.

Since the second act makes up the majority of your novel, most books and guides split it into two parts–before the Midpoint and after the Midpoint. Today, I’ll be taking you up through the Midpoint (or half-way point) of your novel.

This is part 4 of my 8-part series on outlining a novel, and I hope you guys are finding it useful so far. If you are new to this series, you’ll find a link to the other parts of the series near the bottom of this post, as well as a place to sign up and receive a free plotting guide, which we’ll be going through in detail throughout this series.

How To Plot Your Novel, Video Four: The First Half of Act Two

The Plot Your Novel Guide

In an effort to make this plotting video series even more awesome, I have put together a Plot Your Novel workbook that will guide you through every step of the outlining process. And what’s even better is that it’s completely free!!

*Note: If you are already signed up for my newsletter list, check your email! I sent you a direct link to download this free workbook in last week’s email. If you can’t find it, please email me and I’ll get it to you!

The Second Half of Act Two

In next week’s video, we’ll be taking a closer look at the second half of Act Two. This is going to be the main reaction of your character to the midpoint and everything that leads up to the final climax of the story.

Make sure to sign up for my newsletter above and subscribe to my YouTube channel to receive a notification when this next video goes up! There will eight parts to this series, total, so we are officially half-way through.

How To Plot Your Novel

Other Resources?

Do you have any favorite plotting resources you’d like to recommend? Please comment below with any of your favorite books or resources on plotting.

There is always more to learn, and the better we get at outlining, I believe the faster we can write quality stories that resonate on a deeper level.

The Entire Video Series

As I mentioned before, this is part 4 of my 8-Part Video series on How To Plot Your Novel. If you missed any of the previous posts, you can find them linked here below!

    1. Overview of Story Structure and Why I Plot
    2. Writing Great Characters
    3. Elements of Act One
    4. The First Half of Act Two
    5. The Second Half of Act Two
    6. Elements of Act Three
    7. Bringing It All Together
    8. What Happens If You Get Stuck?


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Sarra Cannon

Hi, I'm Sarra!

I have been self-publishing my books since 2010, and in that time, I've sold well over half a million copies of my books. I'm not a superstar or a huge bestseller, but I have built an amazing career that brings me great joy. Here at Heart Breathings, I hope to help you find that same level of success. Let's do this.


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