Falling Apart, Help

Falling Apart, Help

A Lesson by Kakashi Nuttcase

To Explain why it isn't going the way you want it.


"I have it all planned out in my head, but it's not coming out on the page as I wanted.  Sure my ideas keeping changing, but I planned for it to be amazing." - Elizabeth

To start everyone here says start with your genre.  Yes, do so, but it's not like that will take you forever if so you need more time to think if you want to do this or not.  Now you got that write out every chapter to point you can't think anymore.  Make sure to plan and write out every chapter because if not you can't lead up to the big twist or event.  If you just bind it up inside your own mind you won't see how others will see it.  With that you can write each chapter calmly and slowly without worry and you can change everything if you feel like it, because it's planned. 

"I don't get the plot.  I never have.  Is that what it's even called.  They try to explain it to you, but all I end up doing is writing a story without all those falling action, climax crap.(aka plot)"  - Cheradee

I still ponder over it, but don't worry tell you have everything written down.  Now that you have the chapters all on paper, or document, write in the plot beside them.  Connect them all into the separate category of rising action and climax and such.  If you feel it doesn't match up, fix it.  Now for those that don't know what I'm talking about, which most do, here.


The exposition introduces all of the main characters in the story. It shows how they relate to one another, what their goals and motivations are, and the kind of person they are. The audience may have questions about any of these things, which get settled , but if they do have them they are specific and well-focused questions. Most importantly, in the exposition the audience gets to know the main character, and the main character gets to know his goal and what is at stake if he fails to attain his goal.

This phase ends, and the next begins, with the introduction of conflict.

Rising Action

Rising Action is the second phase in Freytag's five-phase structure. It starts with the introduction of conflict.

'Conflict' in Freytag's discussion must not be confused with 'conflict' in Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch's critical apparatus to categorize plots into types, e.g. man vs. society. The difference is that an entire story can be discussed according to Quiller-Coch's mode of analysis, while Freytag is talking about the second act in a five-act play, at a time when all of the major characters have been introduced, their motives and allegiances have been made clear (at least for the most part), and they now begin to struggle against one another.

Generally, in this phase the protagonist understands his goal and begins to work toward it. Smaller problems thwart his initial success, and in this phase his progress is directed primarily against these secondary obstacles. This phase shows us how he overcomes these obstacles.

Thus, at the end of this phase and at the beginning of the next he is finally in a position to go up against his primary goal. this part begins after the exposition.It consists of a beginnings of a tension or complication that continues with the development of conflict between the characters.


The point of climax is the turning point of the story, where the main character makes the single big decision that defines the outcome of their story and who they are as a person. The dramatic phase that Freytag called the 'climax' is the third of the five phases, which occupies the middle of the story, and that contains the point of climax. Thus "the climax" may refer to the point of climax or to the third phase of the drama.

The beginning of this phase is marked by the protagonist finally having cleared away the preliminary barriers and being ready to engage with the adversary. Usually, entering this phase, both the protagonist and the antagonist have a plan to win against the other. Now for the first time we see them going against one another in direct, or nearly direct, conflict.

This struggle results with neither character completely winning, nor losing, against the other. Usually, each character's plan is partially successful, and partially foiled by their adversary. What is unique about this central struggle between the two characters is that the protagonist makes a decision which shows us his moral quality, and ultimately determines his fate. In a tragedy, the protagonist here makes a bad decision, which is his miscalculation and the appearance of his tragic flaw.

Falling action

Freytag called this phase "falling action" in the sense that the loose ends are being tied up. However, it is often the time of greatest overall tension in the play, because it is the phase in which everything goes most wrong.

In this phase, the villain has the upper hand. It seems that evil will triumph. The protagonist has never been further from accomplishing the goal. For Freytag, this is true both in tragedies and comedies, because both of these types of play classically show good winning over evil. The question is which side the protagonist has put


5th -In the final phase of Freytag's five phase structure, there is a final confrontation between the protagonist and antagonist, where one or the other decisively wins. This phase is the story of that confrontation, of what leads up to it, of why it happens the way it happens, what it means, and what its long-term consequences are. which means the end.

himself on, and this may not be immediately clear to the audience.

This chart helps explain.

OK, I know what your thinking, hey I learned this in second grade or older.  But you know what it's true and by now most have forgotten.  Even I recently have forgotten.  But without all these preparations you can't even begin your story, so see ya tell next time when I tell you how to combine romance with this technique.


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Posted 6 Years Ago

Thank you :) I did forget about these elements. This has helped me in the continuation of my story :)
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