2nd Quarter – Main character is an ORPHAN. No one will help him/her or believe their story. He feels alone, and may doubt his ability to overcome the problem.
3rd Quarter – Main character is EMERGING HERO. Help arrives, problems begin to be understood, and the main character feels a sense of relief and empowerment.
4th Quarter – Main character is HERO (or Martyr, if he dies). All is revealed, and our hero is vindicated.
SuperTip: To analyze how an author writes their book, read every third page of their book. It will keep you from getting too involved in the story, and allow you to see the pacing and technique that the author used. (Read page 3, 6, 9, 12, …)
***If you try the above, please let me know what you learned, and how it worked for you!
You can learn more by ordering Dusty Richards’ book, Writing the West.