This is another wonky post about structure, so you have been warned.
I’m obsessed with structure. Structure has a huge impact on meaning in a story the way that structure has a huge impact on meaning in a sentence. So when I went back to Nita’s Act One, currently logging in at an unsustainable 37, 236 words, it was time to analyze the structure. In the beginning, I look for two things: word count of scenes and scene sequences (scenes that grouped together form a narrative unit of their own). If I’ve planned my scene sequences right, a one sentence description of what happens in each should tell the story of that act. I do structure analysis in Curio because it’s the easiest way to diagram out and color code a scene. So let’s start with the Curio doc of Nita’s First Act: