Lack of Focus: Minish Cap, Smash Switch, and 5-Act Story Structure

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Sometime in the past, I wrote a post titled “A Lack of Focus” that briefly touched upon three different subjects. Now, more than a year later, it returns. Like Voltron, these smaller topics come together to create a larger article. Um. . . that’s what Voltron does, right? I never watched the show.

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Two-Year Anniversary and 10 Favorite Posts of the Past Year

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That’s right, my second year of writing for my blog. I once again continued this weekly schedule that I somehow managed to keep for the vast majority of the time. Only in a handful of cases was I forced to take a week off. Truthfully, I’ve been tempted to stop, but it’s become such a regular thing that I keep pumping out words. Sometimes I create something that I’m proud of, and sometimes they devolve into a misshapen mess.

It’s time to focus the spotlight on the former posts.

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“10 Steps to Story Structure” with Your Lie in April

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Over a year ago, I tried explaining the three-act structure using the anime Your Lie in April, but felt that I didn’t do a decent job at that. And now I’m tackling the writing about writing thing by diving into the ten distinct moments that a story needs. This came from 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland, available on Amazon’s Kindle for the low, low price of zero. So to illustrate these moments, and strengthen my understanding of them, I’m using Your Lie in April once more.

Needless to say, I’m spoiling the hell out of Your Lie in April. If you have even the smallest interest in watching it (which I highly recommend), hold off.

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Story Structure with Your Lie in April

Two weeks ago, I made a long, rambling post explaining the two “points of no return” used in fiction for the 3-act structure, along with the mid-point moment of self-reflection, the “mirror moment.”

If you missed that article or want a refresher, you’re able to find that post here.

What I want to do with this post is to further dive into these three key moments using Your Lie in April, an excellent graphic novel-turned-anime by Naoshi Arakawa. This story centers around Kousei Arima, a fourteen-year-old piano prodigy who gave up playing two years prior after the death of his mother. Since then, he’s been unable to hear the piano and he views life in dull grays, an existence he’s content with.

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Three Story Beats of the Three-Act Structure

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Your Lie in April is one of my favorite anime in recent memory, combining wonderfully performed classical music with a dramatic and emotional story that continues to pull at my heart after many viewings.

It’s also a great example of how to tell a story.

For another (arguably better) article about story structure using this game anime, please check out “10 Steps to Story Structure” with Your Lie in April.

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